Hard to Love

640px-Black Walnut

You are a Missouri black walnut tree

boasting heartwood heavy and strong

with a dark, rich grain.

No one sees this beauty

unless your mighty trunk topples.

As an obnoxious living tree

you demand territory,

provoking blight

upon nearby fruit producers.

You thrust your pointed leaves

toward the sun, fortifying

your hard green globes.

They stain my hands black

as I gather them from the woods.

I strain to remove the husks

after hard hammer blows

and crushing tire treads.

Once open

the distinctive flavor polarizes.

I count myself

among the lovers.




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