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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Sterling Warner


Stately Elm

Dell held a wallet full of secrets
close to chest until his 85th year;
then, as solemn as an old elm tree
impervious to windy nights
or the scorching breath of summer,
he spread each enigmatic mystery
like stump sprouts amongst friends
and teased strangers to reconsider
life from a hardwood perspective
where logic and desire existed
in harmony assuring future prospects
never crossing his threshold
of immediate concerns taking
a foothold amid organized chaos,
branching out, dispersing chimerical food
for thought and personal growth.