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A PECAN TREE
by Juan Olivarez

The Pecan tree, he’s no one’s fool, 
My papi once told me.
As long as the weather still is cool, 
Not a single leaf, on him you’ll see.

Sometimes it’s May, or maybe June, 
Before his leaves appear.
He never sports new clothes too soon, 
Not until the weather’s clear.

But once in leaf, no tree around, 
Comes close to the Pecan.
With shade and fruit, he does abound, 
Standing in the Texas sun.
(4/3/11 Alton Texas)

Painting: “Texas Trilogy” (1998) — Texas Mockingbirds at their Pecan Tree nest in a landscape of Blue Bonnets (Texas state bird, tree, and flower) — by Jon Janosik, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Prints available at natureartists.com.