#9 - Two Trees 

A poem written for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, almost 4 years ago (around the time of Frankie and the No-Go Road -- you see connections in the art.) Scroll down for the reading. 

Two Trees

Two trees, joined at the base,
different from the other,
but saps mix.
Fibers entwine. 

Fifty years of roots, gnarls, heights.
Spreading branches behold blue sky,
brooding clouds.

When it rains, they drink
When it's dry, they thirst
When it blows, they hold on.

 

 

My dad really liked a couple trees, (he called them Sister Trees,) in a lovely grove back behind the woodshed. They were different types, but joined at the base. They were strong and beautiful, a cedar and a fir tree, as I recall.  

 

April 17 Addition: 

This is a photo of the healed-over tree, sustained by surrounding trees, as described in Bill Apgood's comment below.  Thanks Bill!

 

5 comments

  • Bill Apgood
    Bill Apgood
    Two trees, sustain one another's life. There is a tree (can't add a photo) at the headwaters of the Rogue, that was cut, about two feet from the ground. Yet, sustained by the roots of the surrounding trees, it remained alive. Truncated, but fully alive, the cut healed over with bark, it is kept alive by the other trees (who share the nutrients gained via the branches). I think that it is still there.

    Two trees, sustain one another's life. There is a tree (can't add a photo) at the headwaters of the Rogue, that was cut, about two feet from the ground. Yet, sustained by the roots of the surrounding trees, it remained alive. Truncated, but fully alive, the cut healed over with bark, it is kept alive by the other trees (who share the nutrients gained via the branches). I think that it is still there.

  • Rita Hosking
    Rita Hosking
    Yes, I wish there was a way to add photos in the comments. Feel free to email me your photo and I'll add it as an addendum to the post? Lovely story of other trees supporting the cut one. I'm having trouble describing how insignificant and yet supported I feel in this plant and fungi world. The level of profoundness outwits my communicative abilities.

    Yes, I wish there was a way to add photos in the comments. Feel free to email me your photo and I'll add it as an addendum to the post?
    Lovely story of other trees supporting the cut one.
    I'm having trouble describing how insignificant and yet supported I feel in this plant and fungi world. The level of profoundness outwits my communicative abilities.

  • Bill Apgood
    Bill Apgood
    Yes, I'll email you the image, Rita. I think I know about which cigar box the original photo is in. And fungi: I think you must know about that book by Paul Stamets, "Mycelium Running", it is about the fundamental contribution of fungi to the overall circle of life. I've got it, though I've not yet read it. (I'm working my way through a small library on Shoah.) Photo on the way.....

    Yes, I'll email you the image, Rita. I think I know about which cigar box the original photo is in. And fungi: I think you must know about that book by Paul Stamets, "Mycelium Running", it is about the fundamental contribution of fungi to the overall circle of life. I've got it, though I've not yet read it. (I'm working my way through a small library on Shoah.) Photo on the way.....

  • Rita Hosking
    Rita Hosking
    Haven't read that book, but I saw the Fantastic Fungi movie, loved that.

    Haven't read that book, but I saw the Fantastic Fungi movie, loved that.

  • Bill Apgood
    Bill Apgood
    A movie?? I'm gonna check Youtube, maybe it's on there. Thanks!

    A movie?? I'm gonna check Youtube, maybe it's on there. Thanks!

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