Treebound1 min read

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When you are done with wizardry,

when each breath wearies you:

choose your ground;

consider the ways of water,

of root, branch, bark.

After bending the world to your will,

after waging war for kings:

choose your final form;

willow, or oak, or larch;

shape the spell.

After knowledge, wisdom;

after language, quiet:

rain, wind, dirt;

an intrusion of beetles;

the unlearning of your name.

Mary Soon Lee

Mary Soon Lee

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. She writes both fiction and poetry, and has won the Rhysling Award and the Elgin Award. Her credits include Analog, F&SF, and Strange Horizons. She has an antiquated website at and tweets at @MarySoonLee.
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