The Monkey Puzzle Tree

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The Araucaria Arucana family await
to greet their missing brother
who’ll join in sentry guarding the estate.

Norfolk Island Pine, yet of Chilean descent
Bunya-Bunya’s spiked, spiraling branches
fishbone silhouette.

Tracking nurseries across the country
exotic tree request
a Victorian garden’s trademark
Van Dusen and Kew Garden’s best.

A brown box, taped unloaded
tissue-wrapped, Express
anticipated sapling
long awaited friend.

The earth prepared for planting
for centuries to grace
a prominent location
a trinity now in place.

Phaedra A. Ledbetter, Psy.D, MFT, HTR

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