Wollemi Pine

the wollemi  pine stands alone in the lawn
an artificial planting
living fossil on show for us all
a museum piece of a plant
covered by a nicely painted cage of steel 
green paint for pine trees
even a grating overhead
so no one will steal it away

whoever saw a tree so rare
or a species so endangered

there are very few not caught in a cage
the location is secret
are they really there
or is this a painted plastic tree
and the shiny leaves a sham

i hope my church will not become a fossil,
living in secret
fenced in for its own safety
even building the fences around itself
who can reach out to joy
if they fence themselves in as a fossil

i'd rather be extinct

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