|12th Street, Lynchburg, VA|
behind the abandoned factory,
its windows broken by stones thrown,
a rusted Loading Zone sign stains
the wall with trails down to
where the asphalt rises in a pucker
like an infant volcano.
between the cracks of its lips
long fingers of green grass reach for the sky
to press on, regardless
no Cedar of Lebanon, still
it knows no different
written for Poetry Jam and Imperfect Prose.
The Cedars of Lebanon have great significance to many ancient cultures. Some believed them to be the House of the gods. Specifically in the Biblical Narrative, Moses ordered it used in circumcision as it was said to have medicinal quality. Isaiah also used them as a metaphor for the Pride of the World. I think either interpretation of its significance works in this.