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  • Gary Hunter

What Won't help this Poem - June 8, 2022

any more curves in that tree

wind-twisted trunk

weather-bent branches

one down then up

in a hairpin turn

to greet the sun

it stands alone bird less

no comfortable perches

holes in the canopy

an ugly angle

to the leaves

one more curl

of bark would only add

to nature’s artistic greed

to the fateful feel

of this poem

would only highlight

an agony of stems

over the will

to live

against all odds


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