An Open Letter To Mangroves

by Mark Danowsky

You may not have been made aware
poets name you often in their musings

I wanted to inform you
in case you, like Ents, can speak
and therefore gossip about us

Let it be known I was not among those
attempting to give weight to my work
by citing how impressive you are
though I agree you are an inspiration

I must admit I am partial to the Baobab
who some call an upside-down tree
and who I suspect you may be acquainted with
given you are both clever about water
and live in places I have never been

Musical composition by Victor David Sandiego

Mark Danowsky is a writer from Philadelphia. His poems have appeared in About Place, Gargoyle, The Healing Muse, Right Hand Pointing, Shot Glass Journal, Subprimal, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. He is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.