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Offline Skip Slocum

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Longcase Pear
« on: February 05, 2013, 01:11:54 PM »
Longcase Pear

There's a grand old tree just outside my backdoor.
He's seen decades of summers and probably will a few more.

With limbs cracked, gnarled, and broken, bark weathered and dry.
His trunk is all twisted, stabbing up toward the sky.

I met him this winter, leaves shed-stick, branch-bare.
Yet there is something familiar in his presence I swear.

This same feeling I got before my grandfather died.
His smirk knew my secrets and his looks saw inside.
 
So I sit here and listen as a breeze wanders in,
feeling the comfort and wisdom of my long lost best friend.

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« Last Edit: February 05, 2013, 01:34:22 PM by Skip Slocum »

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Re: Longcase Pear
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2013, 09:22:30 AM »
pure excellence

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Re: Longcase Pear
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2013, 11:43:44 AM »
Thank you.

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Re: Longcase Pear
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2013, 01:25:23 PM »
I'm 54 this year Skip. But I'd still love to climb that tree! Cheers mate. bri
Fare thee well Skip. We're all 'Keening' now. xbx

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Re: Longcase Pear
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2013, 01:38:20 PM »
 ;D A tree house maybe.

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Re: Longcase Pear
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2013, 05:44:33 PM »
Skip, I enjoyed both what you wrote and the picture. There is something about trees, long lived trees are especially special.  ;)
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Re: Longcase Pear
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2013, 06:07:15 PM »
Thank you Miss Alice.
Some native Americans believe the spirits of the ancients (The Grandpas and the Grandmas) dwell in old growth trees. I think maybe I'd like to believe that as well.  ;D

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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2013, 07:03:56 PM »
Thank you Miss Alice.
Some native Americans believe the spirits of the ancients (The Grandpas and the Grandmas) dwell in old growth trees. I think maybe I'd like to believe that as well.  ;D

If not their souls, I wouldn't doubt their memories do.  ;)
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Re: Longcase Pear
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2013, 07:54:21 PM »
This sounds like the makings of a legend --


. . . and as the fire came forth from the ancient wood, the memories of our peoples long ago, made their way high into the blackness of night. Into the clear sky, the forever smoke that dwells among the great band of stars.

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Re: Longcase Pear
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2013, 10:59:14 PM »
Skip - I really enjoyed this!

Trees have always fascinated me since I was a kid. Not as a climber (because that's a skill I never had), but in a way that is hard to describe. Sometimes being in a forest literally steals the words from my mouth. I definitely feel a sense of presence, especially in the older trees . . . I wonder about all the changes that have gone on in the world as they grew.

Trees and the ocean. My two favourite natural world 'things' :D

One question - "shed-stick" is a term I didn't understand, could you elaborate on that one please?
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Re: Longcase Pear
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2013, 11:29:29 PM »
Shed-Stick or bare-stick. I think its one of those mountainous uneducated uses of a word that found its way into my family.

When I'm in the forest it seems almost irreverent to make noise.
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