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Mind of an Oak

How an oak tree thinks: Every twist

in its corkscrew limbs is a time-

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lapse reaction to rain, to rocks

diverting the roots. It reaches

from its center to occupy

space - an elegance, functional,

finding its balance against wind,

a slope's intransigent slant,

its instinct what an observer

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calls beauty, equilibrium

its passion, its only thought.