One More Tree

Her words rasp at his flesh

and tear his manhood;


he picks up the pieces and goes to his

dead-end job

to be passed over for the next promotion,

 dignity flayed.

His progeny

taunt his mannerisms behind his back,

and chip away at his character

with teeth drilled to

fine points.

When the financial storm hits,

and his trunk shatters,

who will hear one more tree

falling in the forest?

28 comments on “One More Tree

  1. Robert Rife says:

    Let’s see, there’s a verse somewhere that says, “for truly I say unto you, this doth kick ass!”

  2. This is a great poem with it’s mix of nature references and social commentary relevant to our time. Wonderful!

  3. Caddo Veil says:

    Oh WOW, Melody! What a lesson, taught with such sharp imagery, yet gracious style. Beautiful–going into the keepsake file! God bless you–love, sis Caddo

  4. adaisygarden says:

    There’s a lot to think about here. You’ve captured emotions and thoughts that most aren’t aware of. Thanks for sharing.

    • melodylowes says:

      Thank you – rather melancholy, but I can picture ‘him’ falling without support – a good reminder to be aware of those around us and encourage them when it is in our power.

  5. RoSy says:

    We are so much like that tree.
    Who will notice if we fall amongst the population?

    • melodylowes says:

      Rather along the lines of ‘it takes a village’, right? We have the opportunity to stand in that gap for someone who is slipping today – will we notice it? I have to ask myself that question…Thanks for joining this dialogue, Rosy!

  6. This is a powerful poem! It is a tear maker. May we all stand by our men, so that this remains fiction!
    ~ Wendy

  7. Oh, this tears at my heart. Perhaps because I deal with jobless males (and females) everyday. It ripples though the family and community. What powerful words you’ve written.

    • melodylowes says:

      Thank you! There are so many that will fall through the cracks and there seems to be no one to pick them up – may WE be that one who provides encouragement at a timely hour!

  8. Debbie says:

    What a good poem and lesson too, today, to care and not tear down. Thank you, Melody, for encouraging us to be there for others.

  9. Poetry and Musings says:

    The power of words and actions, beyond our everyday thought; thank you for sharing yours!!

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