To Learn How to Die, Cut Down a Tree

In memory of Steve:
To learn how to die cut down a tree,
Watch how so many years fall.
You don’t need to have planted it for it to be your life.
You know countless trees have grown
   and will grow where this tree falls
Everyone alive now will be underground
   and will have gone from roots, branches and leaves
    to roots branches and leaves many times.
You’ve seen how the seed of a tree
   can rise from the pit of a stump.
Wherever your feet touch earth
   you know you are touching
   where something has died or been born.
Count the rings and stand on the stump and stretch your arms
   to the sky.
Think only because it was cut down could you do this.
You are standing where no one has stood
   but the dark inside a life
   that many years.
              – Antler
Voila.    ”  La vraie tombe des mort se trouve dans le coeur des vivants”
The true tomb of the departed lies in the hearts of the living.       –   BPG
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About emanita01

I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and a dramatized poem.
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