Bark (Poem by Polly Castor with Photos)

Bark (Poem by Polly Castor with Photos)

Bark Photos


As I sample layered,
chocolate peppermint bark
I am thinking
of a different kind
that still effectively
transports sugar upwards
distributing its
generous gifts of sweetness
to the very crowning glory
of the family tree
all while rough, tough,
seasoned exteriors,
are a protecting skin
from the harsh elements
hiding rings of well fought
private growth, dancing
concentric in alternating years
of quenched or rasping thirst,
reaching towards
the nourishing light
while rooted and grounded
in place, gnarled and crusty,
durable, with corrugated,
crumpled exteriors
like the furrowed faces
of good old
storybook crones
that grant wishes
to kind souls
and are sometimes
festooned in green
frippery and frills–
they are resting now, dormant
as breathless wallflowers
after their standing ovation
chilled out at last but
still upright
sturdily awaiting
sprightly spring
when their sanguine sap
will happily run again.
I am temporarily
satisfied somewhat
by the candied facsimile,
but I treasure the humble,
ubiquitous namesake
much more.

by Polly Castor


I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.

1 Comment

  1. Gillian Smith 5 years ago

    Lovely, Polly. Thank you. Took me straight to Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy – page 577 – where it is written ….. God and man as the infinite Principle and infinite idea, – as one Father with his universal family, held in the gospel of Love.
    Our family tree.
    Bless you, and with love G

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