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Sepia Photogragh of a Redwood Stump
The human spirit needs places where
nature has not been rearranged
by the hand of man
Sepia Photograph of a Redwood Stump
A metal rail now mocks the space
where a massive tree once rose
two hundred feet. And there’s a long
stairway, and a sign, and a doorway
that make up ‘The Stump Hotel.’
At first glance, this roadside attraction (c. 1910)
is more reminiscent of an amputee
whose prosthesis could never recapture
the living limb, or a whisper of the spark within.
Think of the many tourists who stood
here on this altered stump. Did even one
look up to see its phantom trunk
rising to the moon?