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2020-03-13T21:53:54-04:00March 13th, 2020|Nature|

Roots

We had to take a tree down in our back yard
just a small one
but I already miss the flowers
that would bloom every spring
suddenly clumps of pink everywhere

like the old lady in my granny’s care home
who wheeled out that one day
with her papery skin painted
with blushes and sticks
when her son came to visit

but it’s the roots that devastate me
those upside-down tongues
twisting into the dirt for water

they dug those up too
and I wonder
did they twist away from the shovels
long enough to give those soft green leaves
one last drink.

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