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April 17, 2015 / austreberto

family tree (day seventeen)

family tree

i climbed the branches
despite my fear of falling
physically
figuratively
and spiritually

though i was good at it

wanted to climb too fast
too high on the saplings that could not bear my weight

but that’s where we kept all the best fruits

the mangoes next to the strawberries
and the geeseberries underneath the shnozberries

the ripest ones always just out of reach
grazing my fingertips

it was a one of a kind
like us

it was beautiful underneath the sun
like us

the branches grew in every direction
one for each of us to hang from
and despite the extra baggage we hung onto
we hung on
reaching a little bit higher as we all grew together

up
up
and up

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