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Birches

Who knows if they’re the fingers of
some long-dead giant,
reduced by gust and gale to pale weathered bone
that sticks spindling out of the ground?

Or what if it’s not a dead giant,
but merely a slumbering one,
cozily nestled under blankets of clay and topsoil, leaf and mold,
silently waiting to be kissed awake by Spring?

The branches are now thick with snow.
A cardinal flits from one to the other,
flashing red against the white on white,
a bit of warm living blood
doggedly enduring through the biting chill.

I listen,
and I hear the breathing of the Giant.
Posted 12/07/10
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