As a tree

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i had a dream that i died, but didn’t feel the fear of giving up. i fell fifty feet from an old red oak, all the branches broke when lightning struck. i sank into the ground and swam with the rocks and the bones of the birds left before. me, I couldn’t be happier then, i had learned what i was living for. with no air to breathe i tried for the surface, but the weight of the rocks held my arms in their mercy. so i mustered all the strength that i’d ever had and i yelled out for help, hoping that someone would pass. a woman came and dug me outta the earth, she said you’re too old for another human birth. She put me back in the ground and i grew as a tree, in the pouring rain, nothing bothers me. i lost my voice and i lost my clothes like a child i knew i never had a need for those, my arms grew wide and my feet dug in, i offered shade and shelter to all my friends. then the rain froze and i was asleep so i took a deep breathe to save my energy. but when i awoke, all my leaves were gone, i tried not to panic, as if nothing’s wrong. from the south a heavy swirling wind lifted me off of the ground somewhere id never been and i felt like i was a king, my trunk had dissolved and my frozen branches turned to wings, with the power of flight, my eyes did see all the miracles of everybody everywhere and everything. like a fertile plain, or the month of may, everything is sane, and i cannot complain.


from Another human birth, released August 18, 2011
guitar, banjo, ukulele, tambourine, voice: dan sherrill



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