I once knew a girl

by Linda Fuller

I once knew a girl
who kept a list of lovers
until the trees threw down their needles
and begged her to stop

wasting paper. However,
profligate by nature and unnaturally
nurtured by perfidious parents
she pooh-poohed the pine’s plea

and ignored the spruce’s supplication.
Supple and long limbed, she ran
a waystation for wayward gymnasts
whose stints on the balance beams

had unbalanced the balance
of their equilibrium. Librium
proved a nostrum and improved
nothing, so she gathered

her charges and made off
color remarks to officious
inebriates who buked, then rebuked
each other for false charges

made against defenseless dogwoods.
I once knew a tree
who collected hearts and initials
and shaded the panoply of humanity.


Posted on 08/26/2010
Copyright © 2022 Linda Fuller

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 08/26/10 at 12:24 PM

Oh yes, I understand.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/27/10 at 02:18 AM

Well, I have to stand with the trees in this one, but loved the alliterative extravaganza, meanings that shift gears from one line to the next, the "librium" following the "equilibrium" is so great, and do wonder what mischief this girl is getting up to next.

Posted by Paul Lastovica on 08/27/10 at 03:11 AM

I do love the way your hop skip & jump-rope around a poem =)

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 08/27/10 at 12:03 PM

I think I knew this young woman intimately in the way back when. Delightfully and artfully constructed, Linda!

Posted by Joe Cramer on 08/27/10 at 02:28 PM

... quite wonderful..... you have such an exquisite command of the language.....

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 08/30/10 at 12:43 AM

...this is sorta an 'aahhhhh' paul said it was hopping good, linda.

Posted by Laura Doom on 09/04/10 at 10:45 PM

Party time -- sword play at its sharpest...

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