rooted in the ground
it spreads wide and long
withdrawn from the eye below
seeking moisture around
above leaves face sunlight
growing within view
shading one so close
each year a new ring
expansive in its build
casting a presence
ancient with wisdom
through vast weather
adapting through change
flowing with air
standing through extremes
awed by its abilities
from just a tiny seed.

-Jennie Nawrocki

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