The Teaching of the Eucalyptus

My lover and I
Sat once,
Under the weeping
Eucalyptus tree
On a starry summer night
So still
Even the ocean
Was silent.

We turned
To the tree
As the tree
Turned its leaves
Towards us.

We recognised
Something in
Each other,
Beyond words
And description,
Time and space.

‘What is the meaning
Of life?’ we asked.
And the tree smiled
An ever knowing smile
That filled our hearts
And stilled our

In those moments
We knew the answer
And never asked
The question again.
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