Walnut Tree Blues

You with the long branches and healthy leaves
What large clusters of ripening nuts you have!
I bet your roots go deep and wide.
How many years have you been standing there
waiting for me to stare at you
all misty-eyed?
I like the feel of your rough bark against my sweating skin
on hot days like these.
Thank you for kindly shading me.
I could listen to your leaves rustle in the gentle breeze for days.
I know I have to go before you drop your seed
but think of me, as I will you, in the Autumn
when much of you will fall to the ground.
Be strong in the winter cold
when you stand unadorned,
think of these hot days
when I stood by your side
in love with you x

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