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February 13, 2024

An ODE to That Willow Tree

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Ms. Levine

 Swaying in the wind

Back and forth

The branches of a weeping willow

A gust of wind made them move ever so slightly 

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Leaves rustled 

As the branches swayed

It seemed as if it was dancing 

Dancing with the wind

To a secret dance only the willow tree knows

Everything at once

Made the world ever so lively

In a meadow of luscious green grass

Was me

A 15 year old child 

With a book in my hand

Reading under the willow

Enjoying the shade it gave 

Now sixty years later

I am standing in that exact same spot

Except on a sidewalk made of concrete 

With buildings and houses 

All around me 

People in the busy streets walk past me

No one sparing a glance

At the stump in front of me

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Ms. Levine
Ms. Levine, English Teacher and Advisor
Ms. Levine teaches 9th and 12th grade English and is passionate about creative writing. She has experience as a freelance writer, has published creative nonfiction essays and is working on a novel. She hopes to help students discover their voices and help nurture a new generation of writers.
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