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Behold the apical meristem.

 

Knowing eyes can see the wonder:

unraveling expression of uncoiling message,

unbroken chain of life's one membrane,

simplest to complex now forged

in a burst of differentiation.

Here spread the panels

that catch the sun,

eating photons in their stacks of green,

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creating the singular bonds that fuel life.

Here push forth the adorned organs

- male and female -

the palette which paints diverse generations.

Here the scaffold first is built,

from which

each twig and branch and trunk

emerges.

 

All hail the apical meristem.

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