Witness

Who among you be Ailanthus,
The Witness-Who-Reaches High?

If you question, you are elm beaten down by exhaust
      or calloused feet
If you spring up in expectance, you are
      the frond of Ailanthus
Absurd in its giving
Of shade to the dreamless street.

Who among you be Ailanthus,
The Witness-Who-Reaches-High?
Who among you be fair Ailanthus,
Tree-of-Heaven?


July 4, 1977 Copyright © 1977, 2005 by David Newkirk (david.newkirk@gmail.com). All rights reserved.
home