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Unformatted text preview: ecided against it. The climb seemed to last for miles. It took many hours for him to reach the final branches, and when he did, he
found the word shaker asleep in her blankets and the clouds.
He watched her for many minutes. The warmth of the sun heated the cloudy rooftop. He reached down,
touching her arm, and the word shaker woke up. She rubbed her eyes, and after a long study of his face, she
“Is it really you?”
Is it from your cheek, she thought, that I took the seed?
The man nodded.
His heart wobbled and he held tighter to the branches. “It is.” TOGETHER, THEY stayed in the summit of the tree. They waited for the clouds to disappear, and when they
did, they could see the rest of the forest. “It wouldn’t stop growing,” she explained.
“But neither would this.” The young man looked at the branch that held his hand. He had a point.
When they had looked and talked enough, they made their way back down. They left the blankets and
remaining food behind.
The people could not believe what they were seeing, and the moment the word shaker and the young man set
foot in the world, the tree finally began to show the ax marks. Bruises appeared. Slits were made in the trunk
and the earth began to shiver.
“It’s going to fall!” a young woman screamed. “The tree is going to fall!” She was right. The word shaker’s
tree, in all its miles and miles of height, slowly began to tip. It moaned as it was sucked to the ground. The
world shook, and when everything finally settled, the tree was laid out among the rest of the forest. It could
never destroy all of it, but if nothing else, a different-colored path was carved through it.
The word shaker and the young man climbed up to the horizontal trunk. They navigated the branches and began
to walk. When they looked back, they noticed that the majority of onlookers had started to return to their own
places. In there. Out there. In the forest.
But as they walked on, they stopped several times, to listen. They thought they could hea...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2014 for the course ENG 99 taught by Professor Michal during the Winter '13 term at CSU Sacramento.
- Winter '13