A tree
without roots
Head and heart heavy
Clinging to the soil

She cannot
draw from the water
of the generations
that came before

There are no leaves
so the birds can rest from the sun
No blossoms for the bees

Her bare branches lay
stark against the grey sky

A man takes shelter under her sparse canopy
Lovers carve initials in her bark
Soon children come
bringing joy and laughter
tying bright ribbons to each limb until
it looks as if her boughs are in full bloom

Many travel from afar to marvel
at her beauty
unique she is

She is loved
She is not alone

But still
She feels like that naked tree
bending in the wind

she may fall

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