The Bay Tree

In September we planted a bay tree.

It was our anniversary

a year since we had moved.

Other years

other places

we planted lemon trees.

We were wiser now.

We knew the lemons would not ripen

before we moved again.

Other places

other times

we planted hope with our trees

planning harvests

with children and grandchildren around.

The children have left us

there won’t be grandchildren

yet awhile.

The bay tree was small

no bigger than a pot plant.

I wanted to plant an olive grove.