By Ron Faust
A colorful tree, a Regal Petticoat Maple Shows its yellow leaves waving in the sky And red, magenta, salmon underneath Particularly in the Fall downsizing
Soon everything will be bare until Spring When Bird of Paradise buds will appear Announcing the recycling of surprises Reminding us our connection to nature
From seasonal changes we become trees Losing our mobility, rooted in fixed places Showing wrinkles on the surface of arms Seeing our crown adorned by leafy earrings
We know where to find the trees we love Spreading arms around them in big hugs Someday the trees will leave us, cut up, In ashes, disconnected, yet waving back.
9/22/21 (On occasion of planting a tree near the sound of chainsaws and delighting in the quiver of leaves in the treetops.) Ron notes in a Sept. 27 e-mail, “This week is critical for changing cultural shifts important to our future. It’s like planting a tree.”
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