The Dead Bonsai Tree (a poem)

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🌱

A dead bonsai tree

Greeted me from its clay pot

In front of the brick house

🏠

It was illuminated by the glow

Radiating through the glass door

Like an inviting sunset

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Warm, orange and safe

The home contrasted with its bonsai

So gray and lifeless

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This bonsai had cobwebs and debris

But its twisted trunk reminded me

Of a happier time

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It had been twenty years

Since I’d visited those bonsai trees

In that foreign botanical garden

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Now I recalled that rainy afternoon

Surrounded by the vibrancy and diversity

Of bonsai older than my parents

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I looked again at the dead bonsai

And heard death whispering to me

A chilling tale about the fleeting joy of life

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Then I wept

For I may never see the bonsai again

In their own garden

😭

β€œLife is what we make it,”

The dead bonsai said to me.

β€œDon’t forget to admire its beauty.”

πŸŒ„

Blinking my wet eyes, I smiled

In admiration of this home

Radiating warm joy into the afternoon

🌞

Thank you for your service

Bonsai

I will remember your words.

πŸ™

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Dedicated to anyone who has ever killed a bonsai tree.

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A blog about work, life, and everything in-between

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