The Money Tree

 /   /  By Emma Birches
Stone Soup Magazine
September 2017

By Sabrina Guo

There is a money tree
In my living room
With a braided
Fishtail trunk
And of these five
Interwoven strands
Only one of them
Has visible veins
Pumping water
For these plumed
Green leaves
Like dollar bills
But for the Chinese New Year
We don’t hang coin garlands
Or paper cranes
For prosperity
For Liu Haichan
The toad in the moon
The God of Wealth
No, my mother waters
The leaves
And my cat likes to
Eat them
While my father
Chases her away
For fear of bad luck;
Me, I just notice
The tree bending over
And sometimes I lay
A crooked leaf over
A straight one
In the hope it might
Correct itself
Because isn’t
Luck something
That’s made.

Sabrina Guo The Money Tree

Sabrina Guo, 11
Oyster Bay, NY

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3 Comments
 
  1. Emily September 3, 2017 at 6:09 am Reply

    Great poem!

  2. Sabrina Guo
    David September 27, 2017 at 9:21 am Reply

    Great use of imagery! Refreshing…

  3. Brian October 21, 2017 at 5:06 pm Reply

    Love this poem! It brings me back to the fond memories of the annual Chinese Lunar Festival. Can’t wait to read more…

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