The Nature of Survival

The maples send out helicopters
carrying the next generation,
Seedlings, already smart
about genealogy,
seem unconcerned
about where they will land,
No hyperventilation about pedigree –
It is more than faith, it is
a certainty – the seed drop
will be a success.

The wind is with them.  Warmed
by memories of flirtations
with the mother tree, a breeze
gentles their landing.
Riparian rights
are not a consideration;
their roots go deep.  Propagation
is a sure thing. The fiercest adversary
is the possibility of fire
or Monsanto, an enemy
shared by man and tree alike.

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