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it wasn't the tree's fault, just as it wasn't the fault of the five innocent boys
jailed and fearful. The tree was chosen for its strength, for the one limb that stretched out at the right height, for the fact that it could be easily climbed,
that one could jump from a rope without toes touching. It obscured the stars
with its leaves; it was a dark place, some distance from houses. It was a
tree, old and steady. It was as familiar as taunts and rejection rooted in
love stories of others who followed their hearts and were betrayed.

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    Drew Martyn almost 7 years ago

    Wow. Brooding, atmospheric and powerful - and that's just the start! And what a closing sentence, it gives a framework to the whole thing - for me, reading it was like looking at something through slightly out of focus binoculars then turning the wheel and everything becomes harrowingly clear - and is tremendously potent and hard-hitting. Absolutely superb drabble mate, cant rate it highly enough!

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    D.M. almost 7 years ago

    Your comment made my day, thank you kindly, Drew.

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    D.M. almost 7 years ago

    Thank you, Dr. A.

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    Norman Bates almost 7 years ago

    I do like this one.

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