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Au Naturel

Big branch of that old redbud tree split away

gave up the ghost at last in this dry hot summer.

But now it lies horizontally stretched across

behind the bird feeder offering many perches

for the cardinals, sparrows, chickadees, jays

and yes, starlings who come to visit and eat.

I cannot help but feel it makes a pretty

sculptural addition to the yard and having

no chainsaw anyway why not leave it just

as it is, au naturel, in the way of the woods

that I do so love, where whole trees fall,

the creek erodes its banks,

and all is ever changing?

Until it falls completely down

whyever not?

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