The Tree

Little tree

Beautiful flowers

Trying to get sunlight

Too many other trees

Bigger trees

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Trying to get bigger, taller

Just so it can touch more sunlight

Just so it can touch the sky

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But they thought it was becoming too wild

It’s not elegant for the tree to grow outside of its lanes

They cut of parts of its branches so it will grow within the space meant for it

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Covered in the shadow of the trees planted in front of it

The tree struggled even more to meet the light

Trying to feel the light, just so it can grow

Just so it can stay alive

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Many years later, the tree did not grow very much bigger

But the flowers continued to bloom beautifully every year

On the small trunk carrying them all

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They continued to cut the branches so the little flowers will look beautiful

If only the tree could grow even bigger, how pretty will the tree of flowers look!

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The storm came and withered the flowers away

But the trunk remained, despite its fragility

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Until the fire after the storm, burned down the remains of the trunk

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Now we have to start all over again, the roots thought

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Despite the lack of sun, despite the storm and the fire, despite the desire of the tree to grow higher and feel its leaves flying in the sky

The tree grew into the ground

Stronger and firmer than any storm could defeat

Nurtured and entangled with all essence of life

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What is essential is invisible to the eye

It is that very essence that kept the tree alive

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And when there is life…