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Maple
by Christopher J. Bradley

Seeds
Pirouette
Spiral To The Ground
I Will Spin With You
And Get Dizzy

Leaves
Purple Red
Green And Orange
When Falling
In Fall

Stems
Long Non-Polycarbon
Hard Shelled Veins
Cellulose Composes You
You Distribute
You Share Your
Nutrition

Branches
You Were Stems Once
Now You Hold Many Leaves
And Weave Toward The Sun
Creating Nature's Three Dimensional Maze
For The Ants The Bees The Mosquitoes And Termites
Your Larger Folk Were Friends To My Gripping Palms

Trunk
Orange-Brown And Grey
The Cracks Line Your Weathered Skin
My Feet Would Press Against The Bark
Sneaker-Prints On Dry Hard Wood.
You Grew Quickly I Remember Your Youth
I Grew Up With You.


Now That I Am Older

Cars
Evening Lamps
Sweepers
Concrete Streets

Cement Walkways
Telephone And Telegraph Poles
Electrical Cables
Noise.

These Are The Things That I Need.


We Cut You Provide You With Grey-Green Mold
Pull Off Your Leaves Paste Some Black Goo
Snap Your Branches On Your Wounds
Thicken Your Water With Toxin Feast On Your Sap

I can see where you would have grown
I can see
where you would have grown.

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