From Sapling to Beloved King Maple
I thought that I would never see
A tree that means so much to me…
Friend to my parents for many a year.
When they both passed in 2014, did it shed a tear?
From a young sapling it grew.
I hardly noticed.
But rear-yard neighbors knew
They couldn’t see through
To the lives inside this home!
This little maple became a King
With branches reaching up to the sky,
Creating the most wonderful, natural privacy
And a memory of 50+ years of their life
As husband and wife…
Over the years, little attention was given to tree care,
But recently it needs some tender loving repair
To a tear in its trunk
Where water has sunk.
We siblings are on it…
The tree doctors have proclaimed
It will be pruned and reshaped for strength.
Our maple will be healed and no longer maimed,
Or weighed down by errant branches - bent.
We’d like to see King Maple stretch out
For many years, without a doubt –
It is reminiscent of our parent’s love.
For memories and their spiritual presence
Are all we have now.
Mom and Dad, this living, breathing tree
Has us think of thee…
Speak to you on June 20th