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Nick Chopper Lays Down His Axe by Ed Werstein 
 The Tin Woodman, originally an ordinary man, Nick Chopper (the name first appeared in The Marvelous Land of Oz, by L. Frank Baum), used to make his living chopping down trees in the forests of Oz. for Sylvia I never saw the woods like this before every tree sacred the forest a cathedral. Yesterday I spied her a sprite, a spirited sylph dancing in a clearing around the altar of a felled trunk. I was blinded like Paul on the Damascus Road forever altered forever her disciple. And when my vision cleared I gazed into the polished metal of my axe and saw myself real and true for the first time a hollow man 
 heartless as a money changer in this wooded temple. I am the Tin Man 
 whose tears of remorse now rust my hinged joints. I stand here motionless empty 
 praying for holy oil 
 from the sylvan goddess to liberate my dance of joy. 
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