The Forest Dweller by Ana Krent

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Within the trees and shrubbery

lives the Forest Dweller.

She sits beneath the clouds,

counting the spruce and firs

as day by day 

they are plucked from their roots.

As she watches the forest dissipate 

she sees houses being built,

one by one 

they begin to surround her.

Some people try to protect her,

but they are not enough.

Though her hope often falters,

she never leaves her place.

She continues to live in what is left of the forest

that once stood strong and proud.

As long as she continues to dwell,

its memory will never be lost