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Winter Tree
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There are no words at the end of the day,
there is only this bare branched tree in a field of fog
and the birds that come and go as they please.

By now the sun is finding its way to other side of the continent,
leaving us in the dark.

It’s true that the poor will always be poor
and that the few carry on the tradition,
like a dam that hordes the perpetual flow of the river
as the land dries up
from that which belongs to us all.

Winter tree in a field of fog
with its colors drained at the branches,
how patient you are, how foreboding,
lifting the wind quietly tonight—

in the cold hush of snow.

Jacqueline Marcus  

Jacqueline Marcus is the author of Close to the Shore (Michigan State University Press). Her poems have recently appeared in Hotel Amerika, North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Brooklyn Review, and New Madrid. She taught philosophy at Cuesta College and is the founder-editor of ForPoetry.com and EnvironmentalPress.com. “Winter Tree” is from her new collection, Summer Rains.

Copyright © 2014 University of Tampa Press
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Jacqueline Marcus. "Winter Tree." Tampa Review 47.1 (2014): 17-17. Project MUSE. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Marcus, J.(2014). Winter Tree. Tampa Review 47(1), 17. University of Tampa Press. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Jacqueline Marcus. "Winter Tree." Tampa Review 47, no. 1 (2014): 17-17. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed April 25, 2014).
T1 - Winter Tree
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JF - Tampa Review
VL - 47
IS - 1
SP - 17
EP - 17
PY - 2014
PB - University of Tampa Press
SN - 2326-4101
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/tampa_review/v047/47.marcus.html
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