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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
Author Unknown

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?
Suzanne Delaney


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  1. Date: 11/14/2014 9:47:00 AM

    Oh my, this is amazing! Love the images of man-made objects 'mocking' the memories of the beautiful nature it destroyed.
  1. Date: 11/11/2014 7:28:00 PM

    I am glad that people fought to stop them from destroying more of these beautiful trees...lovely write
  1. Date: 11/10/2014 2:03:00 PM

    Wow, great observation, Suzanne. You brought it all to a peak with that last line - it's phantom trunk rising to the moon. Judging by our soupmail conversations and poetry that you write, I can see that you are very much a nature girl. Technology and modernization is great and all... but even the techiest (is that a word?) need to be reminded of the rawness and beauty of mother nature.
  1. Date: 11/7/2014 2:26:00 AM

    Suzanne this poem is very good. well done. Thanks for sharing this