Tree Spirit Parting

She told me she was leaving

long before either of us knew.

Each day for weeks,

she called out as I passed—

whispering secrets

and ancient stories.

I heard her – sweet Maple –

casting memories out

on the breath of her family.

And then she was no more.

That same breath

in which she took part

for centuries of days

took her down

took her back

took her home.

• • •

©2012, Jen Payne

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