Saturday, December 29, 2018

"it's not easy being not green" by Ross Balcom

it's not easy being not green

a green house looming
a green door

a green monk
green texts and chants

a green fire
a green tongue, darting

green birds
a green sky

only the trees
not green

the trees begging
in the streets

for chlorophyll

--Ross Balcom



Poet's Notes:  The title of this poem is a play on the title of a popular song, "It's Not Easy Being Green."

Editor’s Note:  I admit I misread the title at first and was finding the poem a bit tedious until the end with the begging trees.  Now I have this vision of an albino Kermit T. Frog sitting in the bleached branches of an albino Treebeard.  How deliciously horrifying!

1 comment:

  1. I really like the surrealistic aspect to this poem - so much green in all the unusual images, and then the shocking lack of green where one expects it.

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