I watched her grow from small to tall.
This year I found the meaning of Fall.
Miss Maple standing near the window,
leaves displaying a red-hot crescendo.
Toward the sky she stretched her limbs,
looking like prayers of silent hymns.
Her dress a flurry of bright red—
a color I wished she wouldn’t shed.
I told a friend about her beauty,
“It could be a male, not a cutey.”
Googling—is my Red Maple a boy or girl?
The answer made my poor head whirl.
Too soon the tree stood branches bare,
autumn’s fallen carpet—cut hair,
naked from chilly days in October,
looking like a loser in strip-poker.
Surprised Miss Maple wasn’t infamous as
Red Maples are known to be polygamous!
My question was very serious—
She could be polygamodioecious?
Now I need to wait until spring,
peek under leaves for Queen or King.
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