To Prune the Juniper

Time to Prune the Juniper
Juniper branches stretch upon the calm of lawn…

To Prune the Juniper

I. Juniper

Your branches stretch upon the calm of lawn

to reach up to the sun without control

with sheer aggressive cleaning of my soul,

within a few, removed forever gone.

As rough edges of the hedge find smooth space,

why do we fear this release of our pain

while knowing this Peace will increase our gain,

to find ourselves too involved with the race.

So here I stand with pruning blade in hand,

a ritual to perform every year

when branch of pine will fall upon the ground.

A responsibility to my land

to work against the apathy of fear

attempt to create beauty with space found.

II. To Prune

In spots where needles have turned darkened brown

I saw away the branch from place of birth

now dead the wood no longer holds a worth

this chaos found in death will settle down.

I swear within this space where I create

an angel hides in fear of my sharp blade

where mice run quick to hide from sudden raid

and branches pile as they accumulate.

This thinning down exposes holes of rot

where green of birth is lost within the dark

I hope this pruning helps to shine a light

to bring some balance as I work on lot,

a path of ants upon this removed bark

and to the blind I hope the bring some sight.

III. In Conclusion

With hopes this brush will grow up to the sun

once morning rays can filter to the soil

and life will find a way through all this toil

where water now finds freedom in its run.

These foreigners to here, this grass, this bush

that shades the desert toad and Cicada

now builds a life around an agenda

of seasonal pruning to keep things lush.

To choose the isolation of this task

over excitement of companionship

so maybe one day someone stays to see.

This Juniper is old and wears no mask

as I remove with pruners in my grip

a time between these branches pruned and me.




Jamie Lee Hamann
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Jamie Lee Hamann

Things have changed over the years. My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more. I share a weekly poem for TCE every Saturday. I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go. I share new excerpts of this work every weekend. A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

2 thoughts on “To Prune the Juniper

  • October 13, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Pruning parts of the juniper that no longer holds growth and healthy branches gives me thoughts of when we prune our soul to let go of what no longer works or grows. Nice work, Jamie. I enjoyed reading and pondering your words. Well done.


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