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the tree

the tree
by Reuben Vinal

metal cables restrain his arms
the mighty tree wants to kill everything
two thousand years of power and rage
yet unable even to shake off ants
and crickets that tickle
the tree cannot pull up his pants
or eat a pickle

now free from endless torture
the monstrous tree steps on a house
and with pants of fallen leaves and mud,
destroys everything in sight
for a bucket of pickles and a pear.
the tree wraps iron around the world
and paints your underwear