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And the will of the tree
Judith Deem Dupree

is larger than the soil that anchors it, greater

than the air and wind or rain and sun's raw

heat that scourges. Tree is the fluent arm

of nature, fingers flexed against the molten

sky, painting riotously - - mute topography

of heavens - - leaving but a smudge of cloud

to veil the ultimate, the rare confluence,

or colors we have never seen, symphonies

writ large by birds and passing angels.

Tree is the ancient brush of life, its jagged

bristles dipped and tipped with wonder.

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