The Tree

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The Tree

The barbed wire fence bit me on the knee,
And twisting—chest to sky—and falling;
Those teeth ripped through my jeans, cut into my boots;
Shoulders touching down, I saw those arms
Reaching over me.

The clay-colored house, a match head to the east—
Smoke curling slowly and intangibly.
Snows falling down like ashes,
Collecting on the leaves—snow-bowed, those arms
Hanging over me.

If those twilight dogs pick up on my trail
And find me here, a rabbit on a nail,
And if they don’t tear my body free,
Then I’ll be still and frozen like the tree.

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from Dead Weight, released January 31, 2011

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Jon Hughes Ireland

American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jon Hughes, has been based in Ireland since 2005. He has shared a stage with Damien Jurado, She Keeps Bees, and the legendary singer-songwriter, Buddy Mondlock.

Hughes' latest work, a collection of songs entitled "Where I Sleep at Your Door" is set to be released in March 2015.
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