Your bark

Although moss-softened,
Coarse bark is not concealed.
Deep gouges, carved purposefully.
Part of you now.
Growing into you as you have grown.
Perfect blemishes.
Carefully explored
With curious, tacit tenderness.
Not imperfection;
More than adornment.
Each careful channel directs
Life-sustaining rivulets.
Staves deep-rooted rot.

[10/01/19]

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