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I woke up this morning with this forming in my head. Afterwards, I realized it’s about my friend Michael O’Connor Clarke who died yesterday.


The yew that margins our yard
grew so implacably large
that it shoved off the walk
mothers with strollers,
and brought dogs to curse
at its succor for squirrels.
So, when the cold days set in
I did what the Internet said
and lopped and sawed
and hemmed past its quick,
revealing the brute as
a pile of scratchy sticks
without shape except
where it ends.

Now my yew is catching
leaves from more proper plants
that have learned by falling
that autumn is a lie
that winter smoothly tells.

My deepest condolences to Michael’s family. I cannot express the joy he brought to anyone within earshot, and especially to his friends.

Some links: his blog, a page of support, his tweets, tweets about him, joey devilla remembers him, akma celebrates him, Jeneane mourns the loss of a brother on the Net

6 Responses to “Evergreen”

  1. Is this a tree, not a sheep? Don’t you mean “yew?”

    Lovely poem, nonetheless.

  2. Hah! Yes, our yard has a gigantic shrub, not a gigantic female sheep, on its edge. I’ve fixed it, without doing the usual strikethrough because that just looks weird in a poem.


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  4. That explains a lot. I tried to persuade Margaret that it was a metaphor (ewe/shearing, yew/trimming), but it sounded lame to me even as I suggested it.

  5. Spill czech id not are friend.

    So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the poem.

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