Winter 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 1 New Voices |

Birch, Pine, Palm

1. I want to make love to old men, to kissThem the way you'd kiss a tree. You'dNo more expect the tree to move Than to die. The tree would tell youStories and not expect reply exceptYour joyful coming and going and A few ribbings of its branches.My tree, he is a silver frondFir, mint green translucent skin with gray-white light Halo of beard. Trees have sapBut no thighs, postures but no plans. Tree,How long would I stay in your arms? 2. A day pressed to your side to beAcknowledged. A year for anIntroductory conversation. Decades for One armature of branches to growAround me; fifty to stir youTo compassion. An era and a fire To make a lasting impression.Slow to move, you are quickTo touch. And to make love? To Breathe. No need to come; the windIs enough. Already I carry your pollenIn my lungs, bear your children in a sneeze. Old man, 3. I want to curl in your toes while youGrow intimateAnd mad with age. I want To watch you love whatYou can no long

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Kascha Semonovitch writes and sometimes teaches philosophy in Seattle. She has a doctorate in philosophy from Boston College and an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and a great deal of undocumented experience in motherhood, love, and travel. Her poems have appeared in Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Crab Creek Review, and other journals.

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