Journal #3

Survival is 
nature’s morality.

Life on its own

is valueless. 

We give it value.
We make it worth
and say it’s so. 

Like your Aunt’s
favorite pearls 
or your Uncle’s
golden watch. 

We are the tree
falling with no one
there to hear it crash.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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