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Maple Gang

written by: Michael Ball



Premature defoliation strikes
sugar maples, — the boisterous
boys who push into the party,
sing a quick song…loudly
then leave us as suddenly.

Norway maples are defensive linemen,
sturdy, huge and strong,
Not as flashy, they specialize only
in bright shades of yellow, but stay
in leaf much longer than sugar maples.

Tree bigots call Norway maples
invasive, deciduous weeds.
They are my heroes, lightening
my windows through sunset with yellows
Bless their invasive hearts.

Michael Ball

Michael Ball

Michael Ball scrambled from daily and weekly papers through business and technical pubs. Satisfaction and feeling like a writer came through blogging and podcasting, mostly political. Born in OK and raised in rural WV, he became more citified in Manhattan and Boston. He joined the Hyde Park Poets Workshop two years ago, and will never again write a manual or help system. He has moderate success placing poems in print and online.
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