Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Climbing Tree

In Grandma and Grandpa's front yard
is an enormous pine

that is referred to simply as
 The Climbing Tree

because its multitude
of low spreading limbs

practically beg
to be climbed.

And the grandchildren have

with open delight

finding footholds
from toddlerhood on

working their way
to upper limbs

and swinging from
the sap sweet branches.

But the magnificent old tree
is showing its age
and the browning needles

and bare inner limbs
are marks of disease

that can't be ignored.

The grand old tree
is dying.

But for now
there is still time

for grandchildren to climb

one last glee filled morning
to honor The Climbing Tree

in all its magnificence.

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