Dead Wood of the Damson

Dead Wood of the Damson

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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This tree was a provider of fruit and joy for over 30 years

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No longer will white blossom fall
to soften where I tread,
nor fruit will stain the garden path
in clots of purplish red.

So sawdust scatters to the wind
while kindling breaks on ground.
Logs are stacked against the wall
and sorrow lurks all around.

I counted rings that spoke to me
of seasons long departed,
the parting of this lovely tree
has left me broken-hearted.

Some may say it was just a tree,
but oh what joy it gave to me.

© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw



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I’m not a tree-hugger, but I do have a strong connection to the trees I’ve lived near. Your poem is the perfect tribute to a leafy friend & I love the way you open with the tree’s flaws . . . so many times people remove a tree for such reasons & I’m thinking, really? Is it better to not have that shade just to get rid of the berry stains? People have always mystified me, when it comes to tastes in yards! I love the way you pick the most unexpected yet relatable details to bring a poem like this alive (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

I confess Margie, I am a tree hugger. The tree died a natural death, I would never have had it cut d.. read more
barleygirl

2 Months Ago

Smile-provoking share! *smile*


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What a lovely poem about something near and dear to your heart. Its hard to see the mature, majestic trees go.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your review. Pleased to see you on my page and a warm hello.

Ch.. read more
Mari' Emeraude

2 Months Ago

Thank you, and welcome!
Mmmm beautiful share...
I had a special tree in skool.... loved speaking to it... lol
Sometimes I thought if it was ever to be made as drum it would sing all my stories hehehe...
Was bit crazy from early childhood I suppose .. ;)
They have life and they can hear us...it's beautiful when we can connect...n when we loose them it's the sad part...

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Ardra, I think it's great to connect to the natural world, and trees will always have a sp.. read more
What a beautiful elegy for an old damson tree. You are a soft hearted sentimentalist, C.
30 years living with a tree, and its sudden demise can break a heart. How about planting a new sapling in its honor?

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you M. I may well do just that.

Chris
Another great piece, Christine. It resonates with me, having lived close to nature a good portion of my life and bearing witness to beauty being destroyed in fractions of the time it took to create. Most recently, there was an ancient apple orchard whose trees must have been close to a century old, if not older. I drove past it regularly. One day I passed it by to see every single tree had been felled for no apparent reason. Nothing has been done with the land since, either. Ridiculous.
Sorry for your loss.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Terathopius for your thoughtful response.

Chris
I, too, have been through this. It was a plum tree. over eighty years old. it had stories.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Yes, those trees have stories. Bet you missed your plum tree too.

Chris
I still miss my lemon tree. The blossoms would do me in, but it was worth the fruit.


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Hello Jon, I can understand your feelings entirely. How lovely to have had fresh lemons. Not somethi.. read more
i love the connection you have with works of nature and the simple happiness or pleasure you have experienced.. it is so true that when a person is at peace with nature, she is also at peace with herself.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Your comments are so true sette, my love for nature has indeed given me peace. When times get tough,.. read more
Chris, your poem is so original and beautiful. What a great theme and message. Great verse structure, flow, cadence, rhyme. In today’s world, history is ‘dispensable’ for the sake of ‘progress’. Your Damson tree was an important and valued part of your life for many years, and your words lyrically describe your deep sense of loss at its being cut down. “I counted rings that spoke to me”- profound, majestic line that resonates in me. So very sad. The title says it all.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Yes Annette, I have a love for trees, especially the ones in my garden. Having lost three fruit tree.. read more
I’m not a tree-hugger, but I do have a strong connection to the trees I’ve lived near. Your poem is the perfect tribute to a leafy friend & I love the way you open with the tree’s flaws . . . so many times people remove a tree for such reasons & I’m thinking, really? Is it better to not have that shade just to get rid of the berry stains? People have always mystified me, when it comes to tastes in yards! I love the way you pick the most unexpected yet relatable details to bring a poem like this alive (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

I confess Margie, I am a tree hugger. The tree died a natural death, I would never have had it cut d.. read more
barleygirl

2 Months Ago

Smile-provoking share! *smile*
I know precisely how you must have felt Chris... it happened to me too with the loss of a beautiful old acacia... removed by my neighbour to improve my view he said and it did I guess in some ways, but in others.....Neville

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thanks Neville. Trees are like old friends. We have lost three from our garden, a damson, a greengag.. read more
Neville Pettitt

2 Months Ago

wow... I love a greengage when I can get me mitts on one...I do know what you mean about fruit trees.. read more

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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