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Poetry: As a ginkgo tree

"I have left my heart in 
so many places" 
so they say

Some places those heart-seeds 
slowly shrivel
after goodbyes
good memories

Some flourish in the rich soil
of a place that was once home

They sink in
take root
connecting me to there 
always

Those seedlings of mine
sometimes spread out
sometimes in places I've never even lived
but where I did
experience Life

May they grow to be sturdy
solid and strong
beautiful and striking
as a ginkgo tree
     like the one
     in the Abbey Gardens
     its fanned leaves fallen
     soon to regrow
     soon to offer shade
     then shelter
     then sunlight - goldenrod beauty
     only for their leaves to fall again

"I have left my heart in
so many places"
but I hope
I have also 
left life. 

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