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A Proud Tree is Cut Down…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob at 4:30 am on Friday, October 30, 2020

Robert M. Katzman © October 30, 2020

A proud tree cut down

Leaves, branches all asunder

Trunk chopped and scattered

Like so much plunder

The tree softly cries

While its birds fly in search

Their nest blown away

Nowhere for them to perch


A squirrel skitters over

Seeking home from the wind

Astonished to learn

Nothing, where something has been

Trunk chunks lie on the ground

Immersed in its leaves

The brilliant colors of fall

Witness as it grieves

Then in the silence

An old human walks by

Sees more than the loss

Of the pieces where they lie

Thinks what can be

More than what has been

Sees beauty dismembered

Can be beauty again

Comes back with a truck

Gatherers what he can still lift

Age limiting the harvest

Of his vision, his gift

Pieces once whole

Lay in jumbled disarray 

The truck rumbles on

Barked passengers in dismay

The old human unloads

His new acquisitions

Arranges them just so

In particular positions

They now adorn a brick fireplace

Guardians of random wood

Containing their drifting

From wind doing what it could

Two cut parts on each side

In anticipation they trembled

But the final result

A tree more or less reassembled

So the squirrels skitter by

Birds land and depart

What once a sad loss

Has now become art



Comment by Jim Payne

October 30, 2020 @ 5:24 am

Bravo, wonderful, a Poem for the ages that restores rhythm and rhyme. I can see not just the tree that is beautiful, human, but your transforming hand in its new life as art. You are a poet.

Comment by brad dechter

October 30, 2020 @ 7:44 am

You wrote it like you lived it Bob. Nice visuals, tied together well. A good story!
I have to tell you 70 ain’t that old! I know it’s not the years but the mileage, but if you did “live” this, and as a participant, not as a witness, you aren’t old and stop thinking about yourself like that!
If you were just the witness- perhaps the person who cut down and killed that beautiful tree- then forget the above about being old! You’re still cutting down trees man!
OK- no more rambling. Good story.

Comment by Bill Skeens

October 30, 2020 @ 12:43 pm

Great Bob Thanks for sharing. Be well. Bill Skeens

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