Black Willow

Peterson says: a
shrub or
tree with
narrow, or long-
pointed leaves
that are green
on both sides…
the foliage is
fine-toothed and
hairless and Williams
adds: it usually
grows near water,
holding creek banks
in place. bark on
old trees looks
shaggy and it produces
salicin, the active
ingredient in aspirin.
I only know
I have a branch
of it pressed on
page 390 from
two years ago when
the boys and I tried
to learn our trees. now
I lay beneath its
canopy, on the bank it
holds in place and
imagine Native Americans
chewing these twigs to
soothe a headache.
In response to The High Calling’s Photoplay this month Random Acts of Poetry by Tweetspeak Poetry.

Comments

  1. says

    Such an interesting weaving of fact and observation, science and natural beauty, something I never would have thought to do and you did it beautifully! I too left soothed, touched, calm.

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