Fagus grandifolia – An Elegy
How tragic to see your current state
A fraction of your former self, age lines exposed
Your web of roots continuing to operate
Despite trunk, branches and sky being juxtaposed.
Your large beautiful being we did celebrate
You’d live forever we supposed
Your community contributions did motivate
And to your untimely death we were opposed.
As the value of your life we contemplate
We know another could never duplicate
You will never cease to fascinate
More of you we will try to cultivate.