pruning the plum

squinting into golden blue
to ponder a shape—
dream of a shape—
(you said: does God not know
how to grow a tree?)
one ladder-rung at a time
wondering, clip and toss
seeking bee-bloom, wasp-fruit
or just lean here in the quiet hum
of the trunk’s slender warmth




21 thoughts on “pruning the plum

  1. How funny! We looked at our plum trees yesterday, but need to wait a few more days to prune – just getting an idea of the shape. You really capture that stepping back and stepping in, and the sheer pleasure of working with a tree. This series is great. I feel like I’m getting to know your garden.🌱

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