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11/3/2016, A eulogy for a cut down tree (an impression while walking)

Posted on: November 5, 2016

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11/3/2016
A eulogy for a cut down tree
Ambling on a balmy morning
The pungent smell of it met my nose at least a block away
I wondered what it was
And now I see the pile of disks that was once a monumental tree
Each circular cross section looks more than 3 feet across
The calculation of a 115 inch circumference seems about right
But how do you calculate a tree?
How many years had that tree stood where it was?
Nurtured by the earth
Abused by the weather
Beloved habitat of countless creatures
How many eggs hatched from nests woven in its branches?
How many children played in its shade?
Why isn’t someone standing there with a bugle playing Taps?
An unceremonious end to a life well lived
But I can express my esteem
I stand here with thanks for your noble existence and pray that your spirit is happy and free

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IMPRESSIONS WHILE WALKING
Taking walks, noticing the world around me, and writing down what I see
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/impressions-while-walking/

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