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Sepia Leaves

Janet Kuypers

Never before in my life
have I needed to water a tree.
But here I am,
bringing buckets of water out
every couple of days
so my “mighty oak”
will be a healthy tree,
filled with colorful leaves
at the changing seasons.

Granted, my “mighty oak”
is about three feet tall,
it was the only “tree”
on the property we bought,
but okay, I’ll water it.

And maybe when
no one else’s tree leaves
transform through vibrant colors
for a month before
Autumn turns to Winter
in this semi-arid town,
maybe then I can smile
at my three foot tall
“mighty oak”,
the only tree I’ve got,
as I reach down
to touch the golden
and sepia leaves
at the top of my tree.

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