Anticipation


blushing birch
a flowering
before flowers

Remnant of Everything

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discarded bark contains
the sunrise and the sunset
and the dark side of the moon

Stored Magic

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spectacularly
stored magic
in leaves and bark

The Ascetic

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a monk of a moth
in birch bark robes
prostrate in prayer

Autumn’s Paint

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colors run
in the wild
wet woods

Contained

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birch vase holds
blooms and departures
the fall bouquet

Favorite

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loved best
the birch wears
a coat of many colors