Pruning a Peach Tree


I watched Trevor Newman

prune a tree yesterday

sharing permaculture skills

with thirty seekers

He started 

with a peach tree

about 8 years young

clipping branches that were turning

in on itself

like cancerous thoughts

He pruned them away

their sharp pokers no longer 

threatening entanglement



of sticking inside one's own web

Instead, he trains the tree

to spiral out, spread out

and bear fruit, across many directions

for all to witness

If I didn't know better

my heart might only yell


this pruning and clipping

this cutting away

of life-draining branches

branches destroyed

Instead, I, my life force 

also shouts Creation!

We Choose Our Lives

We prune and clip

with great care 

what we consciously

want to nourish, fuel, create

Or, we wind up with tangled masses

of thoughts grown wild

like children raised without rules

beautiful branches so thickly overgrown

that the life hardly knows where to bloom

or whether to bloom at all

So, Trevor prunes, choosing

to direct a tree of life

with wisdom and care

He steps back from the tree

bites his lip, sees the vision

of what could be

Steps forward

clipper in hand

And begins, again. . .

to create a succulent 

stable life


By: Sheryl Netzky

Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved Sheryl Netzky