And So Do the Trees

Carol Hamilton

The young artist grabbed up

industrial castoffs, plastic-backed

chairs, built edifices

to tower or confine, but soon

I saw what he saw, not the thing.

Sectioned space. What it left.


In the park (I drive past)

the naked trees, each adds

its jumble of arms and fingers

to praise or curse the gray lid

holding us in, particles left,

particulate. I, too, geometry.


Carol Hamilton has recent and upcoming publications in Paper Street Journal, Cold Mountain Review, Common Ground, Gingerbread House, Main Street Rag, Sacred Cow, U.S.1 Worksheet, Pontiac Review, Sandy River Review, Louisiana Literature, Louisiana Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Poem, Plainsongs, Oklahoma Humanities Magazine, Texas Poetry Calendar, Dryland, Nebo, and others. She has published 17 books, most recently, SUCH DEATHS from the Virtual Arts Cooperative Press in Chicago. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and has been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Prize.