Dogs 2007

AMOROUS ARBOR
(7/4/07)


the
limb
was a big one
its base
the size
of most normal
tree trucks
and it hung
directly
over my
bedroom
which borders
the backyard

when I first
bought the house
four years ago
there was a foot
of clearance
between
the branch
and roof

accumulated
growth
and record rains
this year
have added greatly
to its length
and weight

one night
two weeks ago
as I lay in bed
listening
to yet another
passing storm
I heard
something new
but yet
very old

a persistent
thump
thump
thump
coming
from above

I had heard
the same
years past
in a cheap
downtown hotel
when a young couple
moved into the room
above
they coupled
frequently
erratically
and I never knew
when the rocking
reverberating down
through the ceiling
would keep me
from sleeping
or otherwise
concentrating
on my own
solitary
sexual encounters

this
present day bump
was a big one
beyond
human capacity
and since
there were
no jungle
or prehistoric animals
breeding in my attic
I had to suspect
some outside
influence

the next day
I climbed a ladder
to the roof
and sure enough
the pecan tree
had been raping
my house
rubbing away shingles
with it's wind throbbed
passions
threatening to expose
my home's
naked structure
for all
to see

the authorities
would have
to be called

the tree squad
arrived later
in the week
cutting off
the offending member
at the trunk
and clearing
the culprit
from my
property

today
I repaired
my home's
rent outer garment
eyeing the entire time
the tree's other branches
searching for any
early signs
of debauchery

happily
they were all keeping
a respectful distance
allowing both
my house
and myself
to slumber soundly
for at least
a few years
of nights

the
much bigger
ogling oak
in the front
was quite
another
matter