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My Life as a Tree

''Hi.'' ''My name is Evergreen, this is my life as a tree.''

I grew up in a forest. In the spring I could enjoy the pretty flowers and the birds chirping. There were always people picking flowers in the grass by the pond.

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In the summer some kids would swim in the pond and people would come and sit under me. (By now I was half grown.)

In the fall somebody chopped me down. The man said that he was going to take me to a shipyard and make me into a mast for a ship. I was to be the main mast. My friend was the mizzen mast.

It was winter when I was launched. I heard a big BOOM!!! and my halyard snapped. Then one of my yardarms broke. The mizzen mast broke in two and fell overboard. That was the last I saw of my friend ever again. Then I heard my ship's captain say ''I have not yet begun to fight!!!'' I heard another BOOM!! And everything went dark.

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