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  • Gary Hunter

Walking with 95 - April 11, 2021

mother’s knotted and

crooked finger points

at the towering eucalyptus

and the large swelling on the trunk

What is that?

It’s called a burl a growth

that gets larger and larger

which someday may kill

the tree I say

She lowers her hand onto

the walker and plunges ahead

towards its branches’ willowy shade

bounces hard over a bump in the

sidewalk keeps going


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