Crutched Oak

Crutched Oak


This large oak

Arcs gracefully up and over a stream

And is supported by a crutch.


The base of the crutch

Is nearly in the stream.


Roughly at the point where the crutch

Meets the oak

The trunk fractures

Into three large branches

Then splits, and splits again, 

Into countless shoots,

which curl and curve,

Up and down,

Bearing leaves.


The leaves have mostly fallen now.

The gnarled oak is nearly bare,

Leaning on its crutch,

A living thing,

A work of art,

A friend.


It reaches into empty space,

Into unclaimed sun,

Supported, crutched—




Matthew Eighmy