The old oak on the corner toppled last night
Liquified soil below, icy boughs above
Tipped over, root ball and everything
Took out a power line
Another laid limply on the street
It was all anyone could do
To pull the tree to one side
Put up hazard tape
Move on to more pressing emergencies
But it closed the park off
Parking lot blocked with oak and electricity
Deer graze this afternoon instead of joggers
Geese dabble in slushy mires
The only ones unafraid

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