• Gabriel Gonzalez

America

In the clearing

of a temperate, oak-filled forest,

a small log cabin

once stood.


Day after day,

a carpenter worked on expanding his cozy Home,

filling the forest

with the deafening

yet delicate

Cry

of his sawing and craftsmanship.


Delicately carved wooden furniture,

wide and spacious rooms,

a larger fireplace,

a softer bed,

a fuzzy carpet—

all new additions to his Home.


However, one day,

the exquisitely constructed roof caved in,

furniture collapsed,

and the fire was unleashed,

consuming his Home

in a roaring blaze.


The carpenter had failed

to notice the

infestation of vermin,

hidden in the cracks

of the trees he

had butchered,

that had corrupted

the place he once called

Home.


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