Monday, May 7, 2018

Trees of Heaven--By Joan McNerney--United States

Trees of Heaven

Those are tough trees
growing in slums.
With no need of rich soil
or pruning, they rise
in abandoned lots.

These trees survive rubbish,
rodents and noxious chemicals.
Not easily cut down, they stand
against gaunt tenements.

Climbing skyward,
delicate palm leaves
flourish flowering pods.

Trees of Heaven give
children glimpses of bright
emerald each morning.

Stars play peek-a-boo
between their branches
through long nights.

Who has said a taste of
paradise is only for the rich?

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines and anthologies such as Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Seven Circle PressDinner with the MuseBluelineHalcyon Days and Poppy Road Review to name a few.


  1. I simply love trees, they are magical! Thank you Joan, for sharing your beautiful poem with us.

    Best wishes,

  2. such words of wisdom here - I also love trees

  3. I like this, Joan. Nicely done. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!


  4. Joan, this is truly wonderful, thanks for sharing with us all, so vivid and impactful yoru words. Thank you.

  5. Joan,
    A beautiful poem. I love trees, too
    Your friend,
    David Fox

  6. You are right- tress, and the good things in life, are not only for the rich!

  7. Thanks, Joan for a lovely poem. I love the message it portrays.

  8. Well said Joan,
    All trees must be of heaven
    Knight Writer