Pepper Tree at Madrone Apartments
  111 Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View, CA

The Humongous Pepper Tree

At Madrone Apartments entrance
on Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View
is a humongous Pepper Tree.

It's thirty feet high, but its girth
measures twenty-four feet—
wider than even redwoods.

Circling around for photos
of its contours and crevices,
I listen to tales from this tree.

One branch sheared off by lightning
but more likely by teenagers riding
on him as they were fighting.

At Halloween ball, he squeezed through
the door as everyone gazed on him.
Conductor stopped the music and

announced his presence, as lady trees
Bay, Beech, Birch asked him to waltz
while he oiled his way around the room.

Huffing and puffing, it was much too
exhausting, so he could manage
just slow dances— rumba & two-steps.

Those were the glory days— and now
he sits still, calm and serene
listening to tooting trains go by.

— Peter Y. Chou
    Mountain View, 3-18-2020

      Madrone Apartments
        111 Rengstorff Ave.
        Mountain View, CA

  Humongous Pepper Tree
      111 Rengstorff Ave.
      Mountain View, CA