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Molly Tenenbaum
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Bungling the Trees

in this whipping wind the tree has arms wrapping unwrapping
no not arms these weighted inflections unless
they're octopus arms but this is a tree not a grasper
see when the wind cools the arms never were
and yet in the branch-tips a smoothing a tendering
barnacle feathers for food no this is a tree
trunk not seen but assumed where green
gathers black on one center line and with
branches the wrapping the whipping delayed swing
from thickness and out through the visible tips and
with contrasts the bouquets of needle-sized shadows
sharp dark tearing wild in light sky now luckily
each spitting gust erases the shape descriptions
don't hold though the curve of the branches
seems constant air folds in that same curve
each time a branch slices through

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