I think it knew it was the ghost it was giving up.
Around the stump, shoots are growing up.
I don't think any one will ever become a pear tree.
It looks more like a delicate wrought iron fence.
It looks like the kind around the tombstones of the rich dead.
J.R. SOLONCHE is coauthor (with wife Joan Siegel) of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books). His poems have appeared in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies. He teaches at SUNY Orange in Middletown, NY.