Tree Named Dover

by Ruben Sarkissian

Your fragile little petals home the delicate infancy

of my tender skin on scorching summer days.

And on occasions when the blue night sky cries,

your arms fence me against its violent wailing,

to keep me sheltered from its melancholy.

In a world that only tramples on my skin and bones,

and feasts on my flesh, and laughs at my fresh wounds,

You provide solace to my dolorous heart,

Oh, how rare to have met such selfless love,

and befriend your amity, my best friend.

Ruben Sarkissian is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He daylights as an English teacher and otherwise is an aspiring poet.