Grafted

April 8, 2008

Two parallel saplings grow to the side of a path :

…………………………………. on the right a flaking gray pole : to the left

scarred white bark. Three feet up they lean in

…………………………………. grapple graft in a bulbous striped cyst so

meaty it could burst with a prick a unified thing

…………………………………. the cross piece in the letter H androgynous

yet able to disentangle into two selves with one

…………………………………. difference : white continues in a direct line

above gray’s roots while gray persists unfazed

…………………………………. above white’s lower trunk. Intolerable?

Bizarre? If you dare dispute biological truth plot

…………………………………. the parabolic equation leave two Us co-

joined : one upright one upside down axes flipped

…………………………………. leaves mixed in the sap’s slippery switch.

by Matthew Hittinger

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