Shaking a Fruitless Tree

Looking at this pile of grounded leaves

I wonder why a bear would shake

a fruitless tree

Yesterday its cloak

purple red and orange

offered the only brightness

in a day of gray

Today just a threadbare chasuble

covers its bones

Did he climb it for safety

or jostle just to stand tall

through a colorful shower of leaves?

You never know with bears.

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