TO BEND THE DATE PALM

Written by: Miguel Mendoza

Know that you can't bend
the date palm down on knees
and crouching meekness like
supliant pines bent low by 
brazen hands and bronze 
wires wound on 
kiln-glazed
vase.

Know it will 
with straight trunk,
task your patience, will
and power, ere it lays
down on the sun-scorched
sands its straight-ribbed,
lethal-bladed leaves.

Know for sure, 
there's grace and beauty
in a bonsai-ed tree 
to quench your thirsting
heart. Alas! for dates,
for always, you will scale
the heights to harvest 
sweetness hungered for, 
or be just there content
with dust-caked windfall
strewn on desert dunes.