chinaberry tree

okay, which bamboo? ©papa osmubal

okay, which bamboo? ©papa osmubal

chinaberry tree

reid mitchell

dropping berries, blackblue,
into the chlorine and water
the ginger hides bamboo
bamboo hides the pale wood fence
Like the fool moon,
jasmine blooms tonight

Ceiling fans slow above two soft faces
whose mouths settled silent seven minutes ago

Breeze smells like the sultry river
where fresh fights salt.
and the barks of locomotives shuttling
and switching ten blocks away:

The night of a late spring day.


One Response to chinaberry tree

  1. Reid Mitchell says:

    This poem, Chinaberry tree, is actually set in New Orleans not anywhere Asian….

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