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I used to rock my baby
‘Neath an overhanging tree
Which grew right by the river,
Just a block or two from me.

Its leafy boughs provided shade
To my most favorite bench,
A haven in the city
Where a new mom could entrench.

In recent years, those branches
Formed a bower where I’d rest,
To read or write a poem or two,
With breezes that caressed.

For more than thirty years, that tree
Has stood there like a friend.
I never ever thought I’d see
Its life abruptly end.

This morning, though, I passed that spot
And noticed too much sky.
The tree is gone, a fact my brain
Was dying to deny.

It isn’t worth it to protest;
The awful deed is done.
No more will strollers have a place
Of shelter from the sun.

But so much more than summer shade
This neighborhood has lost.
When roots are wrested from the ground,
To me, a line’s been crossed.

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  1. Date: 5/1/2013 10:09:00 AM
    The story of the world, gets told in words unfurled. A document of good and bad of trees and things that we once had. We all are born, we live, we die. But it doesn't stop us asking why. Peace. :) Such a shame ilene. Was such a wonderful relaying until the uprooting. :(

  1. Date: 4/28/2013 11:25:00 AM
    I used to have a cherry tree in my backyard which was very old and to my disappointment the tree was eventually cut down. Have you ever read J.R.R. Tolkien? He was a great lover of trees - as you seem to be. Fine verse here! Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 4/27/2013 12:32:00 PM
    Yes,very heratfelt story of that tree.Enjoyed the read.Thanks for visiting my poem.

  1. Date: 4/27/2013 9:59:00 AM
    it only a tree could cry, but then your poetry tells us as it is anyway,, this is so visual, and heartfelt. ilene.

  1. Date: 4/26/2013 9:54:00 AM
    So sad ..... destroy your favorite place. . . Your place for memories and relaxing - A beautiful poem Ilene - wish you a lovely weekend. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)