this tree

On top of Angel's Landing in Zion National Park, Utah. Moderately strenuous climb.

On top of Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, Utah. Moderately strenuous climb.

I found myself
surrounded with trees,
trees common
to the eye except one
that stood out
sun-streaked, enveloped
in sweet air, neglected
at first sight

This tree, rooted
on rocks and pale grass
her longing barks hardened
with age and inclement
seasons, exposing youthful grace
and beauty, I see.

The benign influence of her leaves
rustling, is laughter to my ears
drawing me, a thin flame
commanding an audience.

– Clementine

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