Centennial Rib Cage Oak Tree

The spreading wings of the centennial rib cage oak tree,
Planted prior to the house existing in an embryonic dream cluster,
Shelters paisley winged doves who occasionally cool off
In the bubbling brook, green moss stone rippled birdbath.

A green inch worm hovers,
Hangs as in a lotus position in the expansive undercurrent,
Suspended, absorbs the animated conversation of the two gardeners
Discussing the merits of creativity and how it must be
Carefully sustained in order to produce the ripened blossom
And meaningful tasting fruit, like the green leaf vegetables
Maturing in the deep dug adjacent plot.

—Rupert Hopkins

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