Populus aenigmas

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Image courtesy of Paul Rogers, Photographer

 

By Amy Flansburg

I am ancient, but afraid. I invade, but stay in place. Who am I?

. . . . . .

The frost-free season is for suckers. Extending my tired arms, I’ve embraced all-frozen soils. I’m wearier, pock-marked, and
inter-digitated over uncounted centuries
epochal climates and
megafaunal extinctions.

I grow best in the past tense. I once
burst my pink pods on humid, clement winds float my strange sons and daughters to any

distant receptive friend. Perhaps she too
had sister
chromatids too close to let go.

But since,
impotence. and instead, a slow yawn through the subterranean, periscoping to the sun. This strange incest
engendering myself, changes accumulated but few
lessons learned.

My fate is not
determined.
Expanse testifies my resiliency. Centurial changes enclose my heights and my
branches, but, with tenacity,
I spread.

 

Amy Flansburg is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Forestry