Leafless Sumac

Sumac are marvelous trees.  There are not enough poems written about them.

Leafless Sumac

The leafless sumac stand
like forked lightning,
tipped with fire,
a forest of thunderbolts,
making the air electric.

1 comment
  1. John Jantunen said:

    Yes, the sumac. We used to make lemonade from them (something they taught us in scouts). Funny how we always called it that even though there was no lemons in it. I guess because sumacade sounds so undelicious. I can’t, now remember what it tasted like. Sugar I’d imagine, since that was the only ingredient aside from the sumac buds (boiled) and water.

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