The Modesty of Maples by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

the sugar maple
out front
has started its
third on this street
after the two who
overnight blaze saffron

the two will too soon
be black chalk lines
on dismal cold canvas
infested with
bird nest tumors

while the maple out front
parlays her chlorophyll
well into the wee hours
a new nuance
at every angle
waiting to succumb
in modesty
until spring buds
push free its brown

if you look quick
you can see
last year’s bird houses
tucked up inside
her bloomers

Wanda Morrow Clevenger
Wanda Morrow Clevenger is a Carlinville, IL native. Over 365 pieces of her work appear in 131 print and electronic publications. Her debut book This Same Small Town in Each of Us released in October of 2011. She is currently polishing a full-length poetry manuscript.

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