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Fruit Is but a Fraction of the Tree

Music: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor: Adagio.
By Ludwig von Beethoven.
Performed by Daniel Veesey at the Free Music Archive
under a Public Domain License.

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Fruit is but a fraction of the tree.
One savors it, but knows what makes it sweet.
Remember that the tree is what one tends,
Taking care that it gets light to eat,
Yet rain enough to drink in avidly.

So must one tend oneself sufficiently;
In love and joy pursue, or else defeat,
Xerophyte or hydrophyte, one's ends.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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