Of Bonsai Trees and Elder Leaves

Juniper Bonsai Tree by Luis Vila

by Maddie Luebcke

You whistle and hold
onto the ground
afraid to touch the sky
But darling come
into the sun
don't watch your leaves fly by
When you could go
in their place
don't watch your leaves fly by

You're now tall
and strong in bone
like winter tongue unveiled
rise among your brethren
don't let them see you fail

Darling it's time
don't be afraid
or cower in defeat
your bark is armor
you're and ancient warrior
war paint is your theme

Brittle from age
but not without soul
don't go without a fight
Don't they know
the summer tales?
Your age has made you wise

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