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 'Discovery Tree' - giant sequoia Calaveras Big Trees State Park, and Meg / Photo Copyright 2013 Jack Gescheidt /  Wildfire: a love story

'Discovery Tree' - giant sequoia Calaveras Big Trees State Park, and Meg / Photo Copyright 2013 Jack Gescheidt / Wildfire: a love story

Sold out, she thought

like the tree who gave until a stump

to cure loneliness was all there was to give

since that's what mothers do,

naturally given - as a process of gestation

and childbirth - to self-sacrifice in what it takes

to first secure a child who will not realize

his own self until long outside her womb

 

Pain in her labor same as the pleasure of him in sight

- feeling, the drug that convinces her it is so

 

Once one person, they will always be

 

And she to give until a seat kept just for him

would prove all she ever truly desired

aside his happiness

was his company