NaPoWriMo Day Five: Nature

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt:

I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that is based in the natural world: it could be about a particular plant, animal, or a particular landscape. But it should be about a slice of the natural world that you have personally experienced and optimally, one that you have experienced often. Try to incorporate specific details while also stating why you find the chosen place or plant/animal meaningful.

Calaveras Mourns

They say this tree sprouted
when 
saints
preached
Caesar Augustus
reigned
Caligula still
unborn

Two millennia
the wood reddened
thickened
beyond twenty feet
height unmeasured
when topped long ago
trunk carved first
by fire, lightning
then

Manifest Destiny
cut the obscene hole
the tunnel
misused
for photos  

It was Sunday afternoon
2017 a few days old.
The ravaged trunk
unable
to withstand 
any longer
rain and wind

This giant
touched heaven
now scattered
broken
new dirt to
nourish saplings
like the the saints
and emperors
of her youth

 

–Scott Rhoades

2 Replies to “NaPoWriMo Day Five: Nature”

    1. Calaveras Big Trees is one of my favorite places. Those old trees can’t last forever, I guess, even if it seems like they do. But that tree’s absence will be noticed and it will be missed.

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