Carthage, Ohio

April 24, 2013

The dusty outskirts of
A new settlement- upon
The edge of the wild-
That is where they
Discovered it.

The woodsmen said
It was the mightiest
Ash tree in the world;
Even the new mayor
Had never seen one
Even half the size.
Children stood in awe,
And the scholars, in
Their hushed voices
Solemnly referred to it:
“Lignum vitae,
The Tree of Life.”

But it stood squarely
In the path of Man,
Aside a quiet brook
That bubbled through
A well-hidden gorge.
Surely, we must take
The supple bark and
Sturdy lumber, and
Use it to fashion a
Thousand fine homes.

And so, weeks of labor
Passed noisily; some
Even died working tools
To bring the behemoth
Crashing down to earth.
With an eerie sense of
Conviction, the tree
Finally came down.

Over time, our ties with
That life would fade.
There would not
Be another.

MSBQ

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