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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Oak


What can the oak tree lean on?
What does the oak tree lean on?
Buffeted by winds on all sides
Standing firm, but shaken too
Stirred from within
A rustle through the leaves,
Then silence.

What can the oak tree lean on?
 Does it remember: it was an acorn?
It came from an oak tree too
That tree, now gnarled
Knotted, withered
Yet standing.

Roots entrenched deep,
Earth its anchor,
A little bent maybe
Still steadfast.

Our oak stands up straighter,
Digs deep into its reserves
Squares its branches
A ripple shakes the leaves
The oak straightens up,
Ready for the storm.

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