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12 x 12


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How to open pores
to receive water
where water is rare

Teach me, Tree

How to live by weather
how to use fire
to open seed

how to grow toward light
between the shadows
of complexity

Teach me to open
to receive
as you open your leaves
to light and rain

Show me the way
to avoid your destruction
for I've seen you cut down
and taken in chains
still teeming with creatures
fed to machines
(heard splintered screams)

And my heart is splintered
by your screams
for we are alI saplings
orphaned by thieves
(we are all thieves)

Only wanting to give our bodies to grasses
We are carved into handles
for the axes of greed