Survivor Tree

  

Twenty years after

the explosion

seared Oklahoma City,

knocked a nation off its feet

tore nearly two hundred lives

from the weeping planet,

the scarred and stately tree

bears a plaque that declares:

“. . . our deeply rooted faith 

makes us strong.”

The tree silently scatters seedlings,

offers shade,

spreads limbs 

like a benediction

to the grieving

and the survivors who still

shudder in their sleep,

A blessing for hope.

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