BRUCE H. STANLEY

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POETRY

Patient Tree

patient
tree
staring
catatonic
from your
sterile linen
snow bed,
does your
with(in)drawn
sap still
remember
your manic autumn’s death-defiant
color-mad fevers?
(before Fall palsied
those phototropic fingers
into naked stark insanity)
in your winter asylum
how can you
ever conceive
Spring?

Bruce H. Stanley was a poet, musician, gifted songwriter, and professor of literature, composition and technical writing at Reading Area Community College from 1972 to 1997.  He earned a Master’s Degree in English from Catholic University in Washington, DC, and studied linguistics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He composed music and poetry for voice, piano, harmonica and his beloved Martin D-28 12-string guitar.

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