Sun-consuming needle-
Leaf cluster crowned
A sheath of rough wrinkle
Bark that treasures red

Pushing light wooded
Works resinous squeeze
Out of adverse climate
Clenched fist of a tree



Martin Potter ( is a poet and academic, and his poems have appeared in Acumen, The French Literary Review, Eborakon, Scintilla, and other journals. His pamphlet In the Particular was published by Eyewear in December, 2017.