This is how it went

Trees frame the window:


scholar trees, though tourists dragging cameras up the hill

see only a mock gothic quadrangle emerging from grass;


sturdy trees, tenacious,  papyrus unfolding insect life

and bark-edged loyalty to the reader and worker bees


inside. Fumes of vapid economic rationalism

block the colony, foraging among pages ceases.


Trees hold me in their radix. I bypass desks, computers

paper, filing cabinets; pick up my bag, and leave


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