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PENTHOUSE GARDEN, by            
First Line: They raised our brother tree from ground to roof
Last Line: "that north-east corner. Yes. That's all. Good-bye."
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


They raised our brother tree from ground to roof
With block and tackle. He was much too tall
For the elevator. Then they brought rich earth
To make him feel at home, but the wind was harsh
Blowing from the river and the sun dried
His lopped roots.
"Give me Watertown 36.
John Allen, speaking. Yes. That evergreen
I bought from you in the spring for my penthouse garden
Turned brown. I think it's dead. You could chop it up
And take it out by the back elevator.
I want another one. Yes ... Yes.
The first of the week? I'm having some people in
For the week-end. I need a tree to fill
That north-east corner. Yes. That's all. Good-bye."





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