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more knobbles and angles than thorns

all the signs of suffering

chapped skin

gnarled joints

hawless twigs

contorted limbs

would you rather be edging a field of contented cows

layered and pinned but rooted in rich deep soil

or is life here worth enduring

the minch’s merciless gales?

backed against the crag

braced for storms

holding to a principle that felt like freedom

in your seedling days

dying for it now