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The Loss That Is Forever

When a tree is struck by lightning,

if it survives, its growth is altered.

A knot may form where the lightning hit.

The growth on one side of the tree may be more vigorous
than on another side,

The shape of the tree may change.

An interesting twist of curious split has replaced what might
have otherwise been a straight line.

The tree flourishes; it bears fruit, provides shade,
becomes a home to birds and squirrels.

It is not the same tree it would have been had there not
been a lightning storm,
but some say it is more interesting this way.

Few can even remember the event
That changed its shape forever.

by Maxine Harris