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July 08, 2024

A Clip in Time

By Ursula McCabe

A Clip in Time

the old Japanese man perched on the
yellow pickup's tailgate
nimble hands
separating the dun brown roots
tubers dangled like extra fingers

"it's a cypress tree" he announced
as he clipped and separated --
other bonsais sat behind him
lined up in the old nursery --
miniature warriors

so even with the blunt of it all
we are reborn again
perhaps tenderer, smaller

in this case
magnificently stunted --
stuck in time

Article © Ursula McCabe. All rights reserved.
Published on 2020-09-07
Image(s) are public domain.
3 Reader Comments
11:45:55 AM
I love this. Being a plant person it touches my heart. Good Job Urs!
02:44:54 PM
in the zen-like manner of gary snyder you find the simple magic in people and nature. lovely poem.
08:35:18 PM
Wonderful imagery and characterization.
Especially "reborn again" in bonsai.
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