• Best of the Net 2023 Nominations

    Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY is delighted to announce the following poems have been nominated for inclusion in 2024’s Best of the Net anthology: Flight Path by Laura RodleyThe Sonnet by Ed HackRailway Station, Bendery, Moldova by Tovli SimiryanBaptism by Greg WatsonMaking Up by Larina WarnockAll the best stories are true by Julia Klatt Singer —read more—

The White Oak by Martin J. Elster

The White Oak

Rooted in the yard across the road,
. . . .it bore the chickadees,
. . . .bowed from a blizzard’s load,
stood up in April, quickening the breeze,

gave chipmunks and gray squirrels nuts to chew,
. . . .persuaded kids to climb,
. . . .gave shade when hot winds blew.
Who ruled it’s time to break it in its prime?

Who judged the ancient tree a monstrous pest
. . . .we must eradicate?
. . . .So what if orioles nest
amid its branches straggling in a great

and solemn shock? I’ve never seen it cower
. . . .from hurricane or squall.
. . . .Yet now, in a mere hour,
mad, slashing, snarling fangs will make it fall,

indifferent to the katydid, opossum,
. . . .the sparrow, butterfly,
. . . .or cricket when they toss ’em
away—to fly, to scamper off, or die.

by Martin J. Elster

Editor’s Note: This poem’s easy meter belies its message of habitat loss and the pressure of human industrialization, setting up a juxtaposition of imagery and craft that hammers home the message all too clearly.


Leave a Reply




©2006—2023 Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY — Privacy Policy

%d bloggers like this: