One of the trees in my front yard
is not from around here
It, or rather its ancestors,
came here a seed or a seedling,
Perhaps it was transported deliberately,
with some farmer or landowner’s
plans for a yard or a crop.
Perhaps it came by chance, a seed
in a clump of dirt or in
some animal’s digestive system:
The other tree is a native species,
the scion of great trees in a trackless forest
that stretched from the ocean to the prairie.
Its lineage knew the eager axes,
and later bulldozers. Remnants
were saved in less desirable corners,
A few were selected for shade and decoration.
Both trees are in full leaf
with green nets to catch the sun.
Which is native, and which of foreign
origin? The trees don’t care.
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