to my christmas tree (EDIT)- 8/3/05 (orig. 2003)

the evergreen stands
glorified in the living room,
red-gold baubles decorating its branches.

it thinks lowly of itself,
holding up heavy ornaments for the humans
and not getting even the smallest of rewards.

but the tree knows it only has two more days,
so it holds up its branches proudly
for just a little longer.