Aug 122011
Once evergreen
a firm cypress 
vitally upright 
as living flame
storm after storm
housing grackles
quick woodthrush
and inquisitive cats
now shows golden
brown branches some
soft as age spots
amid deep greens
and lower a bare
dead wing of sticks
one child yanks
to attack another
in the sunny yard
so hard the whole
tree shakes.

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