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AS LOVELY AS THEY, by            
First Line: Let me stand
Last Line: "as lovely as they!"
Subject(s): Trees


Let me stand
upright, clean,
like a tall birch
after the rain has drenched
its bark and boughs between.

Let me stand
without quiver of pain
through the battering years,
like an old oak
when pelting storm assails.

Let me stand
alone,
like a rock-rooted pine
that rears its spine
to blasting gales,
minding the life that is its own.

Let me stand
like a willow
with bending grace --
when it shields a flowerless grave --
and cover the tears
of a world's sad face.

Let me stand
radiant, brave,
like a maple
that bursts into flame
with the rapture of Life,
when Death calls its name.

Let me stand
inviting melodious lays,
like an elm
that nests many a song
in its body of beauty
where carols belong.

Let me stand
under worshipful trees --
my thoughts spread in their boughs --
when I pray:
"Lord, help me to be
as lovely as they!"





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