Death of Spirit


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Hardline, drive-by corporate blinders,
Power lines in danger, so kill the trees.
Strip mall grocery store chain did nothing.

They had plans to build another store and stood by as
Brain-dead high school grads, bellies hanging over belts,
Cigarettes dangling, trading insults and missing the world,
Took chain saws to the blooming
Trees that every spring draped an ordinary street in uncommon beauty.
Cut them back to stumps,
Thrilled by the power of the engines, the noise,
But the power company has the right.

Now they’re all gone.
And the chain grocery that could have done something has
Abandoned the old store, which sits vacant and ugly.
Empty, mutant decay, no cost to them, no punishment for the blight they left behind.

If they had just left the trees behind, to grace the street in uncommon beauty,
It would be easier to forgive.
But they don’t think that way.
The chainsaws don’t tell the man/boys, joking and eating doughnuts and coffee
“Leave this tree, boy. Take care, boy. Don’t be such a boy, boy.”

“Once you kill the tree that paints this ugly street with uncommon beauty,
Life goes on, the grocery moves down the street and drags it’s captive
Audience down the street.

But uncommon beauty, the grace, has died. And the power lines don’t care.”

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6 Replies to “Death of Spirit”

  1. Oh, this hurts. It happened in my neighborhood too. So painful to see. I followed the public meetings on TV, where citizens were trying to halt the death of the “heritage” trees. They were all cut down to afford “better visibility” of the re-vamped mall. Your piece takes me back to the sadness and anger like it was yesterday.

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  2. Nice! I love trees and hate to see when someone cuts them down. I really liked this; especially the repeat line you threaded through, of how they grace the streets with their uncommon beauty. Lovely!

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