The Branches

Jean Valentine

The branches looked first like tepees,
but there was no emptiness.
Like piles of leaves waiting for fire:
at the foot of the wisewoman trees,
at the foot of the broken General,
next to the tree of the veteran
girl who died this summer       slow red
Copyright © 2009 by Jean Valentine. Originally published in The Nation. Used by permission of the author.

Poems by This Author

Annunciation by Jean Valentine
I saw my soul become flesh
Door in the Mountain by Jean Valentine
Eleventh Brother by Jean Valentine
one arm still a swan's wing
Father Lynch Returns from the Dead by Jean Valentine
There's one day a year
Fellini in Purgatory by Jean Valentine
He was shoveling sand
Friend by Jean Valentine
Friend I need your hand every morning
Friend, by Jean Valentine
You came in a dream, yesterday
Ghost Elephants by Jean Valentine
In the elephant field
Hospital: strange lights by Jean Valentine
I needed a friend but
I have lived in your face by Jean Valentine
I have lived in your face
La Chalupa, the Boat by Jean Valentine
I am twenty
Red Cloth by Jean Valentine
Red cloth
Susan's Photograph by Jean Valentine
To the Black Madonna of Chartres by Jean Valentine
Friend or no friend

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