they had chiseled
at the tree,
which despite their best efforts
to stymie her growth,
had grown both
tall and strong.
they stood determined
year for year
chiseled and chiseled
until with great cheer
they finally toppled the nuisance
which had caused them such fear.
unrecognized in their zeal to succeed
were the tree’s thousands of seedlings
nourishing on weeds.
Thousands and thousands of fresh shoots
very much alive
and just as determined
About the Poem
About the Author
Dr. Drewes is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Berlin, Germany.