Family Tree Health Plan

Blossomy buds
circulate, fervid.
Scarlet inertia
steams past panacea

from saps as unction.
Closure was mental
on a cliff’s slope.
Twig held to lost hope.

Defensive surgery
of bark heeds
smoky premonition.
Forced admission’s

choke delays
triage fatally.



Ira Lightman has been publishing chapbooks for 20 years. His books include Trancelated , Duetcetera , Mustard Tart as Lemon and I, Love Poetry. He makes public art with communities and text, around the UK. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3β€²s The Verb.