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RECLAMATION

The Change That Changes

In the hot of never-ending summer,

A white bird steals a seed 

To grow a tree, to create roots           elsewhere,

So that a stone cannot stop the roots from feeding the tree

So that the leaves can hear what the roots ask

 

A tree grows in the foreign land.

A tree grows by the same hand

 

A tree sits                     far from its origins.

A tree identical, South American

 

The bark grows thicker to deal with the winter.

The leaves get lighter upon arrival, 

Genetically identical,

Adapting for survival.

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