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The maple teaches many things:

Turn to face the sunlight when it comes. Let green leaves shift in colored season’s change. Ripple in the breeze, Or thrash hard in nighttime wind, Learn to drink the cold, life giving rain.

Most of all, root deeply, quest for sky. Stand tall and offer shade, and sap, and sough, And bring to earth your own particular Bowed branched, reaching, beauty. Do not be afraid to let things go.

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