Wood if he Could
— a poem by Ivan Jenson

He may be 
branching out
like an old oak tree
but he is still stuck 
in the same place
with deep roots
in the dirt
of despair
but come Spring
he will get rich 
with green leafy 
dollar bills
of hope
but he always blows them
on the summer wind
and by Autumn 
he is barren and broke again
until his kid
climbs up his ample trunk
or uses him to swing
and he feels grateful
that he has not yet been
chopped into chips
and sawdust 
by the lumberjack 
of time
Ivan Jenson’s Absolut Jenson painting was featured in Art News, Art in America, and Interview magazine. His art has sold at Christie’s, New York. His poems have appeared in Word RiotZygote in my CoffeeCamroc Press ReviewHaggard and HaloPoetry Super HighwayMad SwirlUnderground Voices MagazineBlazevox, and many other magazines, online and in print. Jenson is also a Contributing Editor for Commonline magazine. Ivan Jenson's debut novel Dead Artist is available as a paperback and on Amazon Kindle and Nook. His new novel, a psychological thriller entitled Seeing Soriah is now available as an eBook or in Paperback on Amazon.  A collection of Ivan Jenson's drawing and poetry will soon by published by Hen House Press, New York.