I live life, like a coral in the reef

Like some, I have not many a belief

Too symbolised a faith often embroils

I extricate myself from its foils


My blood flows thin, I can feel its texture

A perfusion of hope, pray if you may

I feel it pulse in my veins, sweet rapture

I welcome it, hold it, hope it will stay


I am now forever two : hope and grief

And Hope, now it seems, is the weaker leaf

My lonesome tree connects to no soils

Of dark conquered lands, I use the spoils


Of few roots in earth I am a creature

And when my only three roots are away

Like a face gaping without a feature

My wizened, aching heart starts to decay

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