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Portrait of the Artist as a Lone Tree


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Patience is not a trait that makes your name,
and trying to do right wins scant applause
from those who briefly breeze through heavenís laws,
then posture like spectators at a game.
But those who cherish merit shall acclaim
the one who makes her holiness the cause,
gently protecting infants she adores
from selfishness, indifference and shame.
We celebrate the selfish and declare
that rights have been accorded through the law
to those who did not keep their own decree;
yet gentler souls devoted unto care
will take responsibility the more;
and thus, your name is Beautiful, to me.

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