Pedagogic

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I walked towards the falling woods
to teach the trees all that I could

of time and birth, the language of men,
the virtues of hate and loving.

They stood with their fingers flaming,
Listened to me with a serious mien:

I knew the footnotes, all the text,
my words were precise and correct—


I was sure that they were learning—
till one tree spoke, speaking in dolor,
to ask why I never changed color.

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