Locust Wood

Born heavy the locust wood

A hewn heart bleeds no longer

There within a tragic good

Beats something that is stronger

Fragile fate goes as it should

Blood red streaks bear good witness

Where the cuts sliced rancid meat

Leaving only what smells best

Oddly, less is more complete

For what survives trying test

Crushing sound of knee at bend

And worldly weight given wings

Axe-man cleaves what he must rend

Though the pain in stain still clings

Free is what remains in end

Fallen sins we now confess

But never the crimes depart

Steel finds its home with great zest

Acting out its only part

Heavy locust wood knows best

Fragile fate goes as it should

For what survives trying test

Free is what remains in end

Heavy locust wood knows best

16 Responses to “Locust Wood”
  1. Locust is one of the strongest wood, and this dedication to it is a great piece, you just dont tell a journey of a man, but a journey of any being of nature 😊very well written Brad

  2. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad I love this. So beautifully written and constructed around the Locust Tree.

    Very interesting and a little different write or piece for you. Gorgeous.

    I am a real lover of trees and so your poem drew me in at once and what a terrific picture to accompany your piece. Nice work.
    Brad my daughter is in NC from WA so I will be off line a few days. I will pick up as much as I can when I get back. This is one of my favorites, I have a few but this is truly great.
    Take care Brad. Love coming your way as always my friend. Love ya Joni β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ€—

  3. beth says:

    I love your use of metaphor here. ‘free is what remains in end.’ yes

  4. Jim Borden says:

    “crushing sound of knee at bend” – I’m thinking this could be a metaphor for a couple of recent occurrences…

    another powerful poem, Brad!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Jim! I have no way of knowing what my subconscious may insert into my work. I am sure it has a hand in everything, so you are correct in the idea of that phrase having a deeper metaphorical meaning. Thanks for all your support, my friend!

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