February 18, 2015

Trees of Heaven by Joan McNerney

Those are tough trees
growing in slums.

With no need of rich soil
or pruning, they rise
in abandoned lots.

These are trees that
survive rubbish, rodents
noxious chemicals.

Not easily cut down, 
they tower over
gaunt tenements.

Climbing skyward,
delicate palm leaves
flourish flowering pods.

Trees of Heaven give
children glimpses of bright
emerald each morning.

Stars play peek-a-boo
between their branches
through long nights.

Who has said a taste of
paradise is only for the rich?

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle PressDinner with the MuseCamel Saloon, Blueline, Vine LeavesSpectrum, three Bright Hills Press Anthologies and several Kind of A Hurricane Publications.  She has been nominated three times for Best of the NetPoet and Geek judged her poem as the best for 2013 and she was finalist recently in a Furious Gazelle contest.  Four of her books have been published by fine literary presses and she has four e-book titles.  

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