Leslie Philibert

Bronze Star - 2,826 Points (6th March 1954 / London, England)

Stunted - Poem by Leslie Philibert

An untreelike tree,
witches caught turning their safe-cracker hands.
Cripped by disregard, not an arboreal miracle,
a faded portrait parsimonious with leaves.

Ready to recant its hope of Summer,
a quiet surrender down to witless roots.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 12, 2012



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