These ancient trees laden with snow now stand
Somber and dark beneath their frosty chains,
Sad vestiges of that which once stood grand,
Proud chieftains of past verdant rich domains;
Shackle bound in frozen swathes of white,
Fair flogged and flayed by bitter icy winds,
Shoulder to shoulder their stance remains upright
Though to the worst of force, soft yield and bend.
Yet life prevails and buried hope renews,
The deepest dark of night heralds the dawn
And, though oppressed of burdens so accrued,
They bear this savagery and carry on;
Life’s sentinels stand proud against all odds
Because or yet in spite of abstruse gods.
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