The Bird and the Tree
Of an old
' Tree, you're very old
You're very wise
You've seen many a thing
I'll never see -
Can you tell me
Why I am?
Or why you are?
I've flown about
For many a year
And many a thing
But I've not yet
Found that answer -
Can you not help me? '
The tree said nothing
But simply stood there
In a loud, loud silence.
A sacred breeze
Rustled through its leaves.
The bird, disappointed,
Its resting place
Into the air -
To chase after
That which cannot
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