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div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"A wayward glance above, I see/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"An elder face in the old oak tree/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"He grimaced, pondered, and frowned at me/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"I staggered, awestruck, and honestly/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"Wondered with what a want, would he/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"have with such a modest, milch as me/div
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div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"Curious and wonder struck, I looked about the grounds/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"Wilderness encompassed me, and low lie limbs abound/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"I ventured forth, and asked out loud, "Excuse me sir, if you please/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"what matters do you wish to share, if you share, Sir Tree?"/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"He cleared his dusty throat, and coughed, a moth or two did flutter/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"From his wrinkled trunk and bark, I did herald a mutter/div
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div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;""Excuse the fuss, and errant cuss, but I do find you disturbing/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"All about, this world about, mankind doth mess the worldly/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"You burn the lot, and till the spots, 'til nothing finds a way/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"To carry on and sun drop spawn, my children's errant play/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"Acorns fall, and tumble free, about my feet as always/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"But nowadays, in fields allay, they have no root to parlay"/div
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div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;""I truly did not wish to harm, or hurt, or cast asunder/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"All the saplings, you set adrift, amongst them 'oft down yonder/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"If you please, grant me, these three, harvest fruits beneath/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"And I will plant, and grace these plants, all the hope that ye seek/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"None shall have such brighter days as these upon those hilltops/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"If you please, bequeath me these, and none shall best their Fall crops"/div
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div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"The Elder Tree, gifted me, three daughters of his own clan/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"And I scurried forth, to plant of course, each onto their own plan/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"The sun would rise, the sun would set, and nary a day would pass/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"That I didn't make the rounds you see, and watered them in the grass/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"The leaves would fall, the leaves would sprout, and time soon blessed us both/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"Each knoll possessed, a gifted chest, of grandiose green live oaks/div
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div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"As I felt weary, worn, and gray, as much the tinder on the ground that day/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"I nestled beneath the Elder Tree, and savored shade he beset in May/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"I burrowed, comfy roots beneath, each arm, and leg, and head rest/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"As my eyes, wandered so high, they were drawn to each and every bird nest/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"He held my head, and stroked my brow, with the breeze upon his crown/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;""Thank you friend, for promises, you've kept to me across this ground/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"My children frolic endlessly, and forests sprawl, as far as you can see/div
div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"You may rest here, ever more, for none should love you more, than me." -csc div class="yj6qo" /div
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