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The Tree in the Ancient Forest

"This is the three-hundred-year-old tree
that grows the fir cones that fall from a branch,
and startle the hungry, stealthy marten
that stalks the saucy, chattering squirrel
that scolds the woodpecker, searching for ants,
that started the hollow in the tree,
home of the sleepy owlets
that are fed by the owl that flies at night
and hunts the voles and mice that tunnel
and eat the tiny, underground truffles
that grow on roots that draw food from the soil
to nourish the three-hundred-year-old tree
that grows in the ancient forest."