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The Old Tree

The Old Tree


Copyright 2013 Douglas T. Vale


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Table of Contents


1 - The Old Tree

2 - Unicorn?


The Old Tree


An old tree in the forest brooded on the vagaries of existence. Full and colossally rounded, hellishly rough and jagged bark from a thousand torturing winds, the playful yet cruel cuts of mankind, all had transpired to make the tree bitter.

He grew huge, drooping purple leaves with razor edges that cut grasping hands. Those foolish enough to break out the middle of the leaf and eat it died the next day.

Long ago the tree was limber enough to uproot itself and move to different homes, but, as with all things, as it aged it got sloppy with its own health, grew weaker and slower, until one day it couldn't move at all. Forests are nursing homes for young trees that one day found themselves old. Pity our old tree --Call it Mark-- for remembering his past. He always felt sad comparing his youthful vigor to his current fading stasis.

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