A Poem by Dee Allen

They Will Return

Arrival of derecho
Hurricane on shore
Knocked down trees
Straight from the roots

Great lumber littered all over
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Unforeseen act of deforestation
Chalk it up to wrath of the wind.

Someday, the maples, the sycamores—
They will return.

Buzzsaw roars and tears
Raw sawdust from toppled
Trees hacked into smaller pieces
Giving rise to a grove of stumps

Natural covering from sun’s heat is missing
Strong branches, emerald leaves
Sixty-five percent
Removed from reality.

Someday, the black oaks, the lindens—
They will return.

With some manpower,
Work gloves, shovels,
The right saplings
For replanting,

Fructuous ground
For a solid base,
Summer rain and Autumn showers
Assisting in the gradual growth, then

Someday, the birches, the walnut trees—
They will return.

Someday, the forest—
It will return

Cool shade
To a deprived, sweltering town.

About the author

African-Italian performance poet based in Oakland, California. Active on the creative writing & spoken word tips since the early 1990s. Author of 5 books [Boneyard, Unwritten Law, Stormwater and Skeletal Black, all from POOR press, and from Conviction 2 Change Publishing, Elohi Unitsi ] and 38 anthology appearances [including Your Golden Sun Still Shines, Rise, Extreme, The Land Lives Forever, Civil Liberties United, Colossus: Home, 2020: The Year That Changed America, Geography Is Irrelevant from York, England’s own Stairwell Books, Five Words: Volume XIV from Cork, Ireland’s O’ Bheal and the newest from Flower Song Press, created in connection with the 2021 Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, Boundless ] under his figurative belt so far.

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