Standing Out

mysterious silhouette mysterious
leafless in the centre of the field
or birthed from meeting hedges
or giving birth, perhaps, to hedges
gestures into the wind
like the earth's Hand.

Upraising, petrified - betrayal -
just thieved from its palm
the jewel of life it showed off to the sun;

remembering, envious, when fields were smaller
and its kin were holy

the corner of my eye has caught
this same tree in many different places, different countries
and I always wonder
how the tree would look
covered in leaves
forgetting that I always fail to notice them
when they are covered in leaves.

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