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The palm trees whisper loud and hard

See, this tree.

This white-barked, wind-bent, skinny bitch reaching toward the sea

I’ve seen her bent nearly to the ground by harsh wind from the mainland, and from the sea

I’ve seen her bent nearly to the ground by men and their ladders trying to do their job but not considering the possible consequences. Or perhaps they did

By men who see her as a task and not as a mighty yet fragile thing

By men who would say *I couldn’t knock her down if I tried but I am going to try*

I’ve seen her thrash. And gently waver. And be still

And she stands. Rough-barked and pock-marked and fearless against the sky

The palm trees whisper loud and hard

*She is rooted*

*She is free*

 

 

By Viki Gonia, May 25, 2017
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