Monday, November 1, 2010
On our tree walk Saturday we saw again a most remarkable tree, a bay laurel tree that is the second largest in all of bay laurels growing now in California. This one grows in the backyard of a most unassuming house on a most unassuming street in Sebastopol.
A story is associated with this particular tree. I'll tell in this sonnet, below.
bay tree lived wild almost her whole life—
making shade, music, and medicine
for elk, coyote, raccoon, and Pomo,
years pass, city street, house, backyard fence
family moves in, dissolves, sells house with tree,
childcare provider buys house opens
daycare home—each noon young children wander
outdoors to have lunch, in her shade
deep now she’s the biggest bay for miles
children don’t notice a leaf flutters to earth
one friday—at noon—she drops a heavy
limb just exactly where children eat their lunch
she’s never dropped one before. the children
are away—did bay tree know this?