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Relieve the branch of its leaves

or the leaves of their veins or the veins of their sap

to know the essence of the plant;

what remains is shambles, data,

and what learned is the nothingness of systems.

Yet, gently shake the bush in passing

vibrating its leaves and stems,

to sense its strength, its immediacy,

and respect its weakness,

while the plant, suffering one human weaknesses

— that of cloying curiosity —

endures our strengths and constraints.

In essence, we meet,

sharing the sun.

This, too, is an essential path of learning.

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