October Oak

 

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Your bright facade, stolen
by the wind, lies
in saturated brown, compost
for the acorn in its midst.

Bare limbed and shivering
you stand exposed, stripped
down to the skin. Eyes averted,
the fickle crowd passes by you.

Noble tree, the bold leaves
that hid your secrets were just
a temporary thing but memories
make you mighty.

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