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A Very Good Sign

by Scott Utley










when the rains came


we gathered up the babies and we jumped for joy


but they flooded out the gardens down 'round cowboy hill


now nothing grows no more


so you say you saw a sapling, a sycamore


hidden in some trash growing near the backyard door


well, that's a good sign, a very good sign indeed






Today In L.A.
Friday, January 30, 2009



01/30/2009

Posted on 01/30/2009
Copyright © 2019 Scott Utley

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Alison McKenzie on 01/30/09 at 04:14 PM

Little things, lots of hope. That is a good thing!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/31/09 at 10:09 PM

Lots of stark images here - a sense of "they" taking without regard. I admire how you've ended this with hope amongst the trash. I like the brevity here and to think of a mighty sycamore growing gives a strong feeling for the future.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 02/02/09 at 05:53 AM

Hope tends to start out small, right? Loved this.

Posted by Anne Engelen on 02/03/09 at 06:26 PM

As kids we found this young tree growing on a garbage belt, took it home and now 30 years later my parents have this enormous cherry tree in their garden. Love your poem as much as that tree!

Posted by Anne Engelen on 02/03/09 at 06:26 PM

As kids we found this young tree growing on a garbage belt, took it home and now 30 years later my parents have this enormous cherry tree in their garden. Love your poem as much as that tree!

Posted by Anne Engelen on 02/03/09 at 06:26 PM

As kids we found this young tree growing on a garbage belt, took it home and now 30 years later my parents have this enormous cherry tree in their garden. Love your poem as much as that tree!

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 03/26/09 at 10:08 PM

From exaltation (the rains came)to despair (no more gardens) to hope (syacamore among the trash)in a few cogent lines.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 09/07/15 at 02:57 PM

Congrats on POTD! 2009 - how big that Sycamore could be by now!

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