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The Story of Pruning - Aug. 22, 2022

hope that snapped off in a storm

regrets dropped and stepped on

failures too heavy to hold on

the sticks and twigs

that were once a branch

broke off and fell

then shattered some more

we are the tree

that can’t hold on

to all parts of itself

too much shade

and suckers might sprout

a tangled mess

clawing for the light

it’s the story of pruning

of cutting off

letting go

but always

from the severed edge

new growth


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