I must tell you
this young tree
whose round and firm trunk
between the wet
 
pavement and the gutter
(where water
is trickling) rises
bodily
 
into the air with
one undulant
thrust half its height–
and then
 
dividing and waning
sending out
young branches on
all sides–
 
hung with cocoons
it thins
till nothing is left of it
but two
 
eccentric knotted
twigs
bending forward
hornlike at the top

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