in protest after our village Mayor
and Council recommended that all
cottonwood trees be dug out or cut
down and replaced with the more
denizens of desert wastes,
Whose heat and sand
And bitter need of shade
You eased in toil and stress
Of towns newborn--
Deep as your roots
Must be your soul's contempt
For those whose love has died,
Your use outworn!
heart, young shoots, in canyon coolnesses,
Lost the while from man's ingratitude
There still must come
From some far spot
Now groaning in the dust and misery
Of our ageless upward struggle to the stars,
Some youthful pioneer
Who'll plant and guard you tenderly
In his solitude.
bathroom is neat as a pin,
Each towel on its personal rack.
As housekeeper rampant I grin.
Your bedroom's as neat as a pin!
But, honey, I miss you like sin.
Oh, please, king of chaos, come back!
The house is all neat as a pin,
But my poor lonely soul is a wreck.
is my home . . .
Where young friends laugh
And old friends meet.
These sun-encrusted walls
Enclose the sun and sum
Of all my days.,
rain-kissed garden tree
Extends great arms of sympathy;
It knows the way I've come
Through all the years and tears
To slow fruition.
Recalls the times
My working mate
Was late to tea . . .
Perhaps he stopped to buy for me
A candy bar, or new edition.
With sounds of baby prattle,
The tap of tiny feet,
Of adolescent battle;
The notch upon the door
Records our first-born's height
When he was four.
tear apart these memories
Of Life's most sweeted treasuries?
Why change to scenes and fields untried,
To scale new walls unfortified?
This spot is mine
These whited walls
Enfold the sun and storm
Of all my days.