Mannerly Tree


Mannerly tree,
Tree of great serenity...

Rooted in the ground
By endless cycles of growth
Reaching towards perpetuity.

Accumulating stature
By slow degrees
Of upward
Spiralling certainty.

Trunk and limbs encased within
Your bark
Of elephant skin,tougher
Than the elements
That weather
Your complexion.

Green shoots sprouting
At your outer reaches,
Catching fleeting
sunlight,
Turning it to
Artistry—

Form
Delineated
By a fine,
Enduring
Spirit.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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