Spreading its canopy over the back corner of the lot of my childhood home grew a Mimosa tree. I relished the pleasing sight of its abundant aromatic feathery flowers, running the soft leaflets gently through my hands. I marveled at the dozens of swallowtails visiting the pink blossoms. This corner was magical for its tree. Here is my memory, in a poem.
SUPPING FROM PINK SILK BLOSSOMS
Mimosa blooms spring open in soft pink spheres,
smelling sweet, seducing me to slow my walking-by
and turn for another slow pass, but I do not pass by
but climb in to sit in a high wide crook. Feather
leaves waft, gently, brush my face, gently. There I
luxuriate in soft green light, lean back against pale
smooth bark, pull in the perfume, and black swallow
tails and tiger swallowtails flit all over and around.
This same silk tree threw father out when he pruned
a branch on a very hot and humid Saturday, and he
lay unconscious on the soft grass concealing stony
earth, three ribs cracked.
Roger Baker is the author of Rabbit Lane: Memoir of a Country Road. The book tells the true life story of an obscure farm road and its power to transform the human heart. The book is available in print and for Kindle at Amazon. See Rabbit Lane reviewed in Words and Pictures.