Here she is, on the far left. She was one of only two big trees the builder saved when he tore down the oldest cottage in our area to build a mini-mansion.
He stripped her body of all her lower limbs, I suppose to enhance the house value by giving the new owners more of a view.
Here’s what I could see on Full Moon nights….through her branches.
This was my sunrise view each morning. She towered into those pink skies.
Then one morning, I heard an awful sound, terrifyingly familiar….There was no warning. Just that terrible roar at 7 AM, on the morning of her murder.
I ran across our adjoining yards to say Good-bye. I had known her for over 40 years. My son had grown up in her shade. They wouldn’t let me near her.
It took hours to kill her. I couldn’t watch very much of it but I would return to my window and take a picture now and then…and tell her she was not alone.
Hauling off her parts, in a tree Hearse….
Still oozing her life’s blood……….
Her perfume still powerful, all the way across the two yards and into my house….
Her ancient skin…cast aside, in broken chunks……….
But her breath-taking beauty…undeniable!
All that’s left of her. We grieved for months.
Now, at sunrise, I can stilllook over at her Sister, spared the tragic fate imposed by the hungry builder.
And the new owners have made the yard around her grave, a lovely spot for all to enjoy.
9 thoughts on “Tree-Daily Prompt from ChosenPerspectives 10-5-16”
Recently visiting one of my friends, she too was feeling the loss of the neighbors yard that had been full of trees.
It’s hard because it wasn’t even my tree but I bet your friend really gets it.
Who can OWN a tree anyway??? That’s like trying to own the ocean or something!
Yeah, I got it too. Sitting on her deck it used to be like sitting “in” a tree house. Where would we be without them?
How dare they! Beautiful shots and lovely texture. Can we hope the sister tree will escape the same treatment?
So far she still stands tall…although those owners are moving on so who knows what will come next?
Jeesh, girl…that was the saddest post I’ve read in a long time. But then, I am much closer to animals and trees, especially big trees, than to humans. The death of a tree like that, its dismembering, its oozing of life. God. It hit me hard. I know how you feel.