Tree of madness

Tree of madness
tree of angst
set with thorns
sweating blood

pain tree though
evergreen
showering ghosts
shedding loss

Overshadowed tree
insect gnawed
rot infected
lightning blasted

around whose roots
the serpent coils
around whose branches
flits the white bird

buried in heaven
to flower through veins
arteries nerves
capillary tree

in infinite skies
descending up
and ascending down
rod of aeons

on the high mountain
nurturing
moss and lichen
mould gathering
mushrooms

where the spider weaves
and the rocks nest
and the bat flitters
and the kestrel waits.

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