5 on 1

the day they killed the old oak tree
we wouldn’t soon forgetstump
they hacked at her
for hours
they all were
drenched in sweat
she didn’t
go down easily,
she put up
quite the fight,
but they won out,
‘cuz 5 on 1,
which didn’t feel so right
we thought we heard her weeping with every teasing breeze
a kind of solidarity among the other trees
it took one final insult, she came down with a whump,
and to this day we’re haunted by the stump

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by oisin connolly, courtesy unsplash.com
created for the Daily prompt – stump

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