Roots

Roots

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(honey fungus is a b*****d killer)

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in the aftermath of a restless night
i a late riser was disturbed
not by a shaft of sunlight
streaming through a rain splattered
window pane in my sloping roof
nor by the sub song of a blackbird
singing to himself nearby

i sleepy eyed was wakened suddenly
by sounds of a tree surgeon's loud
chainsaw with its sharp cutting teeth
working through limbs of a walnut tree
from a platform of hydraulic horror

i watched its agony as its wood
was systematically carved apart
while the heart of me was felled
a final farewell where once stood
fruit bearing twin majestic friends

my eyes watered as i witnessed
an end of what used to be
a sad demise of a tree on
the outer boundaries of my garden

pardon me for my sentimentality
left grieving for elders
whose backbone and leafy green
for forty years has watched
faithfully and overseen
yes overseen my roots and
the growth of me

 

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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I hear ya! My mom married a guy & moved into his house, then promptly cut down all the big beautiful trees in a climate where shade makes all the difference in summer! I was aghast! I never criticized her, because that is not my way, but I felt it was an abomination for her to do that to a piece of property this guy had owned for 50 years! Oh well! He adored her & had no ill feelings! The best poems, like yours, conjure such vivid scenes in the readers minds & hearts (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thanks Margie for sharing. To cut living trees down is a no no in my opinion, unless they are danger.. read more



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I love this poem; what a sad story of a living beauty being destroyed by by a chainsaw. A tree is like a person; it has a personality, life, a heart and to turn it into shreds of its former self is tragic ; akin to an elderly person going through hell before she/he dies. And so disheartening for the caregiver who has loved and watched someone or something grow. NICE! Fondly, Betty

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What a sad poem! I too, hate to see such wanton damage to our beloved trees. Mind you, you won't have any leaves to rake up!


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Days Ago

Hello Augustus so nice to have you visit again. You know I don't mind the leaf sweeping, I find it .. read more
Oh My - - I know just how you would feel Chris - -- trees are alive and we need them so much for all our senses - -- I wrote a verse about the very same thing and tried to portray the agony felt as their limbs are severed - - nature speaks silently but we who want to hear can get the gist of its struggle to keep up with man-made changes.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Days Ago

Thank you Fay. Trees are splendid subjects for poems. There is much mileage there. They are magnific.. read more

I can fully empathise with you over the demise of said tree... I have lost several recently and not just to the bloomin wind but for something very similar to what you describe here... I still have two magnificent Orek (walnut) trees over in Bulgaria so am grateful for that..

Neville

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Days Ago

Sorry Neville, I thought I had responded to you. Must have been one of those lost in cyber space, it.. read more
I love trees. This makes perfect sense to me, would have reacted in the same way!!!

Love the respect given to these elders of the garden. Wonderful metaphor throughout, from the sub-song of a solitary bird, to genuine grief.

Beautiful, Chris.

Adix

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you for your lovely review Adix. Pleased to meet a fellow tree hugger :) All good wishes.
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Very emotional, well written!

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you sonnie for your very encouraging review. All good wishes.

Chris
I have always loved trees, like you. I have planted several,over the years and beamed each season they bloomed. Three dogwoods, each a different color blossom. The year of my daughters' births I planted evergreens. At first only four feet tall, not they are both taller than our two story home. I could never, ever imagine cutting them down.
Love those trees Chris - take care - Dave

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Pleased to meet another tree lover. Can't imagine not having trees in my garden. Thank you for shari.. read more
I love the emotion in this write and how you gave an almost human-like life to the trees.I sense that our minds think alike and our hearts beat to the tune of the same drummer! I look forward to readging your work here. ~Sharon

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Many thanks Sharon. Delighted you enjoyed this poem. Very much appreciate your visit and your though.. read more
Christine,

you just portrayed it so right.cutting a tree really feels like cutting your heart out. feels so bad. thanks for sharing such a lovely piece of work.

Pradnya

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Dear Pradnya, I think you must be a tree hugger like me. Thank you so much for your valued thoughts... read more
I really like the twist of perspective at the end...winds up this beautifully emotive piece well. There are times when inanimate objects become so deeply involved in our lives, that it is quite impossible to let them go. It's not the materialistic value, but the sentiment that they invoke in us that makes it so difficult to forget them. This poem conjured up that powerful feeling of mourning felt over the loss of a valued artifact quite well.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much for reviewing Roots. I appreciate your time and words. All good wishes.
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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for a year now, so pleased I made the change to posting my work here. Have loved reading poetry all my life, but never wrote my first poem until I hit 40. I wish now that I.. more..

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