Home Variety Elder

Elder

The pine tree in the front yard

Ought to have been chopped down years ago,

To hear my family tell it,

But on this dreary, early winter morning,

I am watching the snow fall around it

And it is as still as its postponed death

Ah, you grizzled old man

With your ragged beard

Hanging green about you

I wonder what is keeping you up

What is the iron in your wooden spine?

The pride holding your coil

In a clenched fist towards the sky?