Be and Be Better

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When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
nurture,
now shrink, wizened.

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly…

Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.
~Maya Angelou from “When Great Trees Fall”

When I need to be restored,
humbled and forgiven,
I walk back to the woods on our farm
to stand before the great beings
cut down in their prime
over one hundred years ago,
their scarred stumps still bearing the notches
from the lumbermen’s springboards.

Old growth firs and cedars
became mere headstones
in the graveyard left behind.

They existed, they existed,
their grandeur leaves no doubt.
I leave the woods and come back
to the world better
because they existed.

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One thought on “Be and Be Better

  1. Both of these evoke memories of my maternal grandmother whom I loved and was loved by so deeply. She gave so much of herself and her wisdom to me. I miss her every day. When she came to our house from Buffalo NY to die, I was privileged to be the one to care for her for the three months prior to her death. She became for me then, and will always be, that sturdy, dependable, tree that gave me the emotional understanding and protection that I needed. Sometimes, when I am crying inside, I feel her presence within me.

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