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Rooted on Colville Road

How often do we get to capture four
Hundred years of growth and endurance?
On the road to the bridge if you look
To your left, there’s a majestic oak.  

Unlike many of this age, well truth to
Tell there aren’t many of this age at all,
But of those still living and breathing
For our benefit, this one is almost perfect.
No gutted trunk, or ugly broken crown,
Limbs are huge, graceful,  intact. Leafing
Each spring dresses every limb, even the
Smallest ended twigs, hanging on hoping.
Think what this tree has seen, and does
Not tell. Covered wagons,  all trees around
Cleared, virgin ground plowed for crops,
Even cannabis back during World War II.  

War after war waged while the oak grew
Gave shade, bird homes, mast for critters.
Oak took in bad air, pumped out life’s force,
Sustained the land in flood and drought.
Our oak has the spunk to live with everlasting
Dangers and threats, yet continues to send
Roots of support and leaves of comfort.
Perchance man might in time come to emulate
The steadfast force this majesty displays?

8 responses to “Rooted on Colville Road”

  1. I love how you mention specific historical events and paint a picture of a different era instead of just alluding to a passage of time. Wonderfully written and if this is Colville road in Bourbon county, I know the area well.

    • K. Bruce Florence says:

      Yes, Phillip, it is that same road. Thank you for your comment–words like that gives impetus for the next challenge as we move down that road.

  2. Linda says:

    I love how you lead us through the poem step by step.

  3. Debbie Cooper says:

    Beautiful tribute to the steadfast oak. Thank you!

  4. Linda Caldwell says:

    Beautiful. This poem reminds of so much we have lost and to treasure what we still have.

    • K. Bruce Florence says:

      Isn[t it wonderful that we have not lost
      it all? there are perhaps enough of the precious things to encourage us to greater efforts to save them, we hope. thank you

  5. Karen George says:

    Love the progression of the poem, stanza to stanza, and the historical references.

  6. Jim Lally says:

    Love to go on the Colville Road to see the covered bridge and now I’ll be watching for the Oak With Spunk.

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