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a ladder up a tree
a big big tree

climb up me and get lost
in my branches
let me hold you in my big arms
and shield you
from the vast open unknown below

climb up me to get a better view
to see above higher and higher
and be close to the sky
to the vast open unknown above

let my leaves blanket you in warmth
tickle you with laughter
and shower you with affection

climb up me and stay for a while
until your descent back down
calls you there again

inspired by an image from photographer
Mark Pederson

a ladder up a tree
July 2016