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When I was a Birch Tree

Story ID:8710
Written by:Richard Laurent. Provencher (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Poem
Location:Truro Nova Scotia Canada
Person:Richard L. Provencher
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I scaled the side
of the highest hill
holding fast with roots

a standout in a sea of green
from spruce to willow
and poplar to a few scattered
cedar---I was more than
a fist with iron in
my demeanor
a moose in the forest.

Then someone came and cut
me down---in the mirror of their
weakness. A hiker
cold and alone.
He chopped me in smaller
pieces into kindling. Now I am
a fire ball of warmth.

Richard L. Provencher