That Old Tree Was Loved
That Old Tree Was Loved|
That old tree had weathered many storms past
Veteran of countless intense brush fires
Giant limbs still grew strong and very fast
Yet this summer, one can see where it tires.
Broken limb, dangling about thirty feet up
Huge hole burnt in deep by last big burn
Dried out looking for water from drought's cup
If it dies this year, so it was its turn.
Child of nine swung from its lofty branches
Climbing so very high for a huge thrill
Tree was life and we daring to take chances
To see farther, what lay over the next hill.
A picture of old and ancient life now gone.
Remembering, this heart again feels so alone!
Robert J. Lindley, 07-28-2015
Note- Yes this old tree existed on the farm . As a young child I marveled at its size and beauty.
When I turned 45 years old I went back to see if it was still there. Only a huge stump remained.
For me as a child it was the greatest toy in world.........
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