After the storm

The lightning struck tree

Stands tall

Bark shorn by a razor’s swath

Carved clean toward ground

But saved from split

By a thin strand of wire

That drew the jolt off

To splinter a nearby fence post

And find its ground.

The lightning tree

Stands tall

Forever marked

With limbs lifted up

Leaves catching sun and breeze

Growing, greening, living,

A lesson for all of us

Marked by sudden strike.

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