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The Tree

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Here is a tree hoping

to be struck by lightening. 

It seeks relief from these dog days, 


when more water is rushing away than

is rushing toward it.  The river is leaving;

the tree can not. 


The tree is feeling invisible, to everything

Save the sun. 


Once a friend, the sun is now a foe. 


Isn’t dehydration, under the summer sun,

the worst way to die?


Here is a tree wanting

to flee from life, it was wanting to

flee from suffering, until she came into its life.