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Sonnet for a Cedar Tree

With love I look to you, great Cedar tree.

Your roots go deep below, your limbs spread wide

Above the forest floor with canopy

Of deepest green and heart’s wood red inside.

As time gives way, you stretch to heights unknown,

With reaching arms, you shelter birds and beasts;

Inspiring awe from child and adult grown,

Till like us all, your time on earth has ceased.

By storm, by fire, by age, by axe you fall.

Your might holds up no more this piece of sky,

An empty void in wood cathedral tall,

The rays of light now pierce from sun on high.

But your collapse will cause not us to mourn—

From broken trunk is Cedar tree reborn.





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