Roots and Branches #DVersePoetics

Half this family tree has been watered

until the branches hang heavy with fruit.


We know all the name, if not the faces,

see the resemblance in the variety.


On the other side we know much less,

can’t quite feast on what is left.


There are wanderers in this blood,

apples that fell far and wide and distant.


Strangers in stranger places bobbed,

grew their own trees from loose cores.


People put down roots, grew branches,

spread the distance between lines.