Across The River To Another Life

Across the River To Another Life

In the watery offshoots of the Suwannee

The river-trees debate.

Is it nobler in the mind

(If you must fall

And be in clear shallow waters

Sticking out a bit):

Is it better for three turtles

To sun on you in a neat line

As carp swim by,

Or would you a tree rather

Be moss covered in the shade,

One single yellow flower up

And alive in your hollowed-out barque?