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My mind is like an old oak tree
Its branches reaching far and wide
Emotions twirled around each bough
Thoughts decorate each every side.
And people met and wove within
My life - they drape the outer bark
A covered core of layered spheres
Around a trunk of soul that’s dark.
The branches old are kith and kin
My friends that sprouted - diversity
And shape my tree about existence
Creating Minds University.
New experiences shape its leaves
Fresh and bold they shout delight
Pleasures taste and drink the air
Mere existence seeks to excite.
Then fall when time has had its way
In memory stores the dreams to sleep
And bare my branches stripped and cold
In my life’s sap it’s buried deep.
I bend to form and twist with strife
As hurts deform my fragile mind
Circumstances weep my spirit
Braids emotions as it intertwines .
My mind tree makes me who I am
My branches open - I welcome life
And roots dig deep - reach to the heart
I’m scarred - engraved upon with knife.
But I live - I grow - I feel - I think
Through hurt and hunger - still I learn
A passion runs throughout my being
As future shoots await their turn.
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