Life After Emilee Logo | Neal Klein honoring his wife after losing her to pancreatic cancer
Life After Emilee Logo | Neal Klein honoring his wife after losing her to pancreatic cancer
Life After Emilee Logo | Neal Klein honoring his wife after losing her to pancreatic cancer

Two Poems – Symphony of Trees & Before They Go

The Symphony of Trees

Wish that I were privy to see

The subterranean network beneath my feet, the symphony of trees

I listen and pause, even hold my breath

Feeling pulse, rhythm, life stronger because of death

A grove, a gathering group like family talk through their roots,

A community, speaking leaves a chattering choir in cahoots

Causing me to look up and seek their chlorophyllic fire

As sunlight flickers leaves

Stretching diaphanous spires

Before They Must Go

Bark grumbled and groaned

Limbs severed that I bemoaned

The storm had cracked and broken arms

This cutting was not a fickle whim

It pained me pieces of my friend cut, exposed

My paper white birch rudely posed

My sugar maple bleeding tears that flowed

I heard roots talking, they had stories to tell

There is knowledge in each branch

Which must be shared to enhance

To embody all of history throughout the ages

They know much more than words written on pages

They sing of souls, of worlds and battles won and lost

They sing of all human decisions and their costs

And the chain saw rips through my heart

I cry at my trees aging, and coming apart

I hope there’s still time to hear all my trees know

And they will teach their offspring before they must go

nmitchk@aol.com

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