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In the first days, we revealed the house, the land and sky, felling trees in hours while the neighborhood watched. An old Japanese maple was discovered, which now angles toward the sun, wind shedding its broken branches. Other trees, so long neglected bud anew. Trees are resilient, are in constant need of the elements. We are collectors now: Red Bud, Lace Leaf, Variegated Maple, Vine Maple, Dogwood, and Paperbark. We are specimens. We are planters. We are urban foresters. At night, we hear them breathe.

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