It’s Mango Time!

We love you, stag horn sumac.

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But we love you, smooth sumac more.

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Oh, Staghorn, you come from Virginia. You knew Hiawatha in your youth.

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But smooth sumac, daughter of this land, we love you more.

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Staghorn, you are the spirit of the eastern forests in the Autumn: the sun transendent!

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We love you, but your sister’s light is our light.

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Her darkness is our darkness, on the scree slopes of our volcanic hills.

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Staghorn, we welcome you and celebrate that you live among us, and bring us your light. We rejoice with you. We raise our arms up with you and dance!

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But we are the smooth sumac people. Let us be brothers and sisters, for we are all mangoes, yes we are.

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And let us love our sisters the poison ivy that is no ivy but is a mango too, for she too is beautiful.

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We are all living in the sun.

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To be praise is to be praise. How could that not be enough?

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