Sunday, October 29, 2006

the poor tree

we had some strong wind last night
and woke up to this
in the neighbor's yard...


it makes me sad
that the tree came down...
it was one of the ones that was
right outside our living room window,
by the window where we eat...

after taking pictures of the tree,
i decided to give my poor neglected garden
some much needed attention
and prepare it for the winter
so i spent a couple of hours
ripping out all the plants from this summer
and then raking out the multitude of leaves
and turning the soil....
it was still windy
but mild enough to wear just a hoodie
and the smells of earth and wet leaves
mixed with the strong scent of burning
hickory on the wind...
it was a moment that allowed you to
"be present" with great ease...
to revel in that moment
of being alive.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

have a logger family friend. I told her she was the devil. She reminded me, that as trees fall...The ground under the canopy, is filled with light and new life. I, myself, would miss the shade.

Deb R said...

That's such a shame when a grand old tree falls. Sounds like you turned out to have a good day though.

la vie en rose said...

we used to have a huge pecan tree in our backyard that had to be cut down because it was rotting...the stump is still there and that has become my favorite place to sit and think, pray, breathe, meditate...

acumamakiki said...

I get very depressed when trees go down too. I could use a good tilling in my garden, poor garden.

deirdre said...

It's sad about the tree, but it sounds like you had a good autumn day anyway.