Born 200 years ago, Karl Marx’s patron and collaborator is a study in contradiction between socialist ideals and a life...
Their branches beckon like the arms
From May to October
their leaves brighten from burgundy
to orange to tan.
In the newsworthy
world of havoc and other
distractions, maples create
Although they’ve sieved
the wind through fifty years
of chosen wars where millions
died for nothing, they tell
no time except their own.
Here in the land of Oz where
total extinction is likely,
the maples offer no defense
but nonchalant irrelevance.
Samuel Hazo is the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University. The author of several books of poetry, fiction, and essays, as well as four plays, his book Just Once received the Maurice English Poetry Award in 2003. A National Book Award finalist, he was chosen the first State Poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Governor Robert Casey in 1993 and served until 2003.
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