A seedling emerges

beneath the lofty

branches of a birch.


A sapling decays

shaded from the

sun’s burning rays.


A sapling withers

protected from the

wet winter showers.


A boy atrophies

sheltered from the evils

of reality


Only to die

reaching for the distant

branches.  Its cry



CC BY-SA 4.0 Father and Son by Samuel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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