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(1957)

Biography of Mark R Slaughter

I'm a biological scientist who took up poetry to challenge my written skills. I undertake commissions and collaborative projects - see my website Poem Crypt for more details; major commissions include 'Liquid Rooms' for orchestra and soprano by Karsten Fundal, and 'Death of Leaves', a song cycle for soprano and orchestra by Nicholas Anthony Ascioti. Further poems such as Marriage and Spring are featured on the 'Poets Pages' website.

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Great Oak

Ancient, yet steeped in wisdom;
Massive, yet enlightening;
Never tired of growing or vexed by seasons,
You stand glorious in summer;
Monumental in winter.

And as you overlook your forest
With sagacious governance,
They all defer to you - dependence in hand:

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