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  • I am Treant
    by Robert William Shmigelsky

    A crown of brambles and thorns atop my head:
    every thicket and stem a strand of my hair.

    Below, held in the lids of knots,

    two olive-green stones fitted for eyes,

    the drops of sap my tears run dry.
    The gnarled bark around: well, that's my face.
    The oak beyond: the skin that stretches over my two arms,

    each sprig and twig, every one a finger, and my bulky wooden chest.

    The roots that coil at the bottom of my trunk

    make five toes, two feet. The clumps of earth hanging on
    being my shoes, which I lift up and down
    as I trudge through thick forest grounds
    to tend to every sapling, tree and shrub
    mend wounds, give prayer to the dying

    dig dirt, sow seeds, cover and water

    until fire consumes, axe fells me
    or final dawn breaks over the mountains
    and signals end of Mother Earth, all her forest creature.

    Robert William Shmigelsky , a residential care aide, is unapologetic in his pursuit of excellent high fantasy. Robert has been writing fantasy for himself in his spare time for the last seven years, but has only recently begun writing for others. Besides reading and writing, some of his hobbies include computers and medieval and ancient history. He has a dry sense of humor, which he blames his stepfather for. Also, he has a habit of making history jokes no one but he understands. Robert is currently sifting through the first of three novels and has a poetry collection entitled "Fragments Through Time" coming out through Diminuendo Press.
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