You shall not pass

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I watch the flames eat


gnaw and

turn to dust

the mighty tree

that standing where it had always stood


could not dodge

could not zig

and consumed

fell to the ground

a huge thud among a forest of thuds

one less tree

a clear view of the sky

from the ground

the owl looking around

her head tilted

wondering where her home

had gone

the smoke still curling from

the fallen log

no longer a tree

now a log

a home for decay


no more

each piece carried off by carrion bugs

the flesh of the tree

borne to build other palaces

would they as well be


or would they as well

fall to decay.

Stand here,

stand tall

fall to decay.