Ali Grimshaw

The passing judgement of those walking by

That tree shouldn't have so many branches.
Its trunk is too wide. I can't believe
it doesn't shave its moss. Just look how
it's growing long and green. It really has let itself go
since I last visited. My therapist could help
if it would just lean a little farther to the South. It should
stand its ground, not let the birds congregate.
Such a mess on the branches below. I just don't understand.
Why doesn't it take time for pruning. It could
be so much better if it just tried.

Ali Grimshaw is the author of the poetry blog, Flashlight Batteries She contributes to the world as an educator, coach, and a poet. Her poems have been published on Poetry Breakfast, Vita Brevis, and VerseWrights.