The Root of the Matter

in the shape
of a tree. A poem
about a tree in the shape
of a tree. Some will argue it’s neither
a poem nor a tree, not a real tree, anyway.
Critics will argue the tree is not a poem, because
it has neither rhyme nor stanzas, though the lines do
present shape. Some will say, as a critic once commented
following an investors’ viewing of a B movie still in the editing cut
phase: “Does anyone else feel a better use of this particular roll of celluloid
would be to cut it up for guitar picks?” Some will say the tree should be cut down,
or yanked out by enormous
dentistry-like heavy equipment,
the kind used to clear cut forests.
Thus we arrive at the bare tap root


  1. Dan Hennessy says:

    What is it , really ? A poet tree ?

    1. Joe Linker says:

      …And some would say, “Let’s decorate it!” Then it would be a poet tree.

  2. susan linker says:

    there are no ornaments. thus the bare tap root. that’s the matter.

    1. Joe Linker says:

      ’tis indeed, the jester undressed, a poor sight to see, the poet without his motley.

  3. Dan Hennessy says:

    Perhaps explore e- tree poetry and save the pentameters .

    1. Joe Linker says:

      ‘Ah, well! It means much the same thing,’ said the Duchess, digging her sharp little chin into Alice’s shoulder as she added, ‘and the moral of THAT is — “Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.”‘

  4. and
    now comes
    the morning star in search
    of a tree

    1. Joe Linker says:

      Ah! And my tree should have included a bird. Next time.

  5. … its shape distorted by a formatting cloud …

    1. Joe Linker says:

      Hey, Ashen! That’s good, the formatting cloud. I wish with WordPress I had true font size and style and the ability to set type. It’s a challenge, so limited, but I like messing around with it. Did you ever see this? caMels, whEN to caPITalize, & concrEte POEMS

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