about the man

with the pear tree

who lost his wife

after fifty-six years of marriage

and how he had that old gnarled tree

in his backyard, and that that tree

doesn’t know when enough is enough.

That last month

he had to prop the poor thing’s branches up

with two-by-fours

it was so laden with fruit, &

how he gave you a bagful of those pears

and their scent filled the car,

even with the window rolled down.

“Spring” by Immanuel Bratzel

Julia Klatt Singer is the poet in residence at Grace Neighborhood Nursery School and a rostered artist for COMPAS. She is the co-author of Twelve Branches: Stories from St. Paul and the author of four books of poetry: In the Dreamed of Places, A Tangled Path to Heaven, Untranslatable, and Elemental. She has co-written more than two dozen songs with composers Tim Takach and Jocelyn Hagen. Ms. Singer’s son likes to describe her as a long-haired, sweater-wearing poet and thief.

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Immanuel Bratzel is an artist who lives and works in Lowertown in Saint Paul.

Posted in: People, Poetry
Tagged: 2017, Featured