may we all be heard
words are bells
let them ring!

Thom World Poet Austin, Texas, USA
Global Radical networker and activist for promoting the live Creative Arts,
at every possible opportunity, especially in his home-city, Austin, Texas, USA

Thursday, February 16, 2012

elders(urban trees)

she cried when she shared-"our tree canopy is shrinking"
"our trees are old and stressed from drought and oak wilt"
"they are not being replaced/our habitation displaces them"
"our unique tree heritage is lost.Bird habitats gone"
They are our elders-here long before us-dying on our watch
Drought is a cycle but this is final.These trees are dead and dying
Bastrop fires only one trace indicator of the death of our history.
Treaty Oak.Sam Houston's Oak.Barton Springs trees.Iconic trees lost
and 5.6 million urban trees gone.gone.gone
We will never know their shade and birdsong again
Mourn the loss of elders.Without them,we are saplings in time,bent by wild winds
subject to pressures of a history that does not value its past.We will be past soon enough
Do not just mourn our dead.Plant new life!Seed Austin trees!
Where are you now-young Johnny Appleseeds?

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