Liam Hysjulien

White Ashes

My dentist tells me about his dying white ash trees growing near the power lines.The blight that pulls apart            the roots, telling us we aren’t getting any younger.The tooth, he says, has its own widening rings;            each line not age but episodes. All tiedtogether with veins at our center.I’m always apologizing as tiny utensils            spread my mouth open.             Apologizing for all my shortcomings. 

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