December 18, 2012

 

POEM

 

Pino

 

by Anthony Cristiano

 

 

 

Pino, a brother’s name and evergreen

 

coniferous deeds we measure and preen;

 

one longevus tale of life’s unpitted soul

 

the bitterer cycles make no weather’s dole.

 

Your needle-shaped leaves spearhead and sing

 

the bustle of winds atop history’s shrill,

 

for you quench rocks’ thirst upon the hill

 

while others shiver and wither and wring.

 

And if resinous bark the colour of death

 

should summon up the ill-fated earth’s soil

 

you envy no fighter who does not recoil

 

— such defiance fills your nostrils of breath!

 

   May your crown overflow with the linfa in you,

 

   under your shade banished is ev’ry dark view.

 

 

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