Marie Howe, “The Copper Beech” …

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Marie Howe
 
 
“The Copper Beech”
 
 
Immense, entirely itself,
it wore that yard like a dress,

with limbs low enough for me to enter it
and climb the crooked ladder to where

I could lean against the trunk and practice being alone.

One day, I heard the sound before I saw it, rain fell
darkening the sidewalk.

Sitting close to the center, not very high in the branches,
I heard it hitting the high leaves, and I was happy,

watching it happen without it happening to me.
 
 
 
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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on May 20, 2015.

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