Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bradford Pear Trees

My elementary school art teacher, Mr. Schweder, 
once admonished me for drawing a tree 
with a perfect circle of green "leaves" atop a straight trunk.
He called it a lollipop tree,
then demonstrated with his pencil how tree branches really grew.
Obviously, Mr. Schweder never saw a Bradford Pear tree.

If ever there were a lollipop tree, the Bradford Pear is it.
It is planted in profusion here in the Shire
even though its fragility in a wind storm is legendary.
I guess the beauty of its spring blossoms 
makes it worth the risk.
As Edna St. Vincent Millay might have said:
. . . it may not last the night, 
but ah my foes, and oh, my friends, 
it gives a lovely light.

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