... everything has a place, I suppose....

.... it's a simple enough notion, really..... but for some reason I find it a little astonishing at times..... sitting here this morning, I keep looking out the window at one of the dogwood trees that died this spring....

... tall, half-mature.... thin, but still large enough to have berried just last spring, it is gangly and cracked now..... bracketed between another of its drought-fallen brethren and a hardy oak, it stands leafless with bits of bare wood showing where dried bark has sloughed......

.... I've contemplated taking axe to hand and removing it, but I have always stopped just shy of beginning the task... should I remove it just because it is dead?..... what is the purpose of a lawn, really?.... is there not beauty in the ragged form it now takes?.... and lessons to be learned by letting it stand?

.... even in decay, it is useful to some..... Life thrives on it.... I see woodpeckers come and go - pausing to peck and search in the folds of flaking bark... in death is it not just as beautiful - and useful - as it was in life?..

..... then again, maybe I'm just the lazy neighbor who has a dead tree in his yard......

.... I need more coffee to continue contemplation....

by Eric on June 19, 2008 | Bullshit (7) | TrackBack (0) | Thinking
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Have a cup of Joe on me. Sit back and enjoy the woodpeckers. You are not the only one with a dead tree on his property my friend.JG

Bullshitted by jihadgene on June 19, 2008 10:29 AM

Damn, dude. You need a hobby!

Bullshitted by Alaska Kim on June 19, 2008 03:02 PM

I will not take out a dead tree unless it is a know, falling onto the house..or me or sweetthing.

Hell, I enjoy using my chain saw but I had rather sit and watch the peckerwoods in the dead tree. I have one dead..or just about oak that is becoming an eyesore in my grove of live oaks but the peckerwoods like it so it is staying for a while anyway..

Bullshitted by guyk on June 19, 2008 03:39 PM

With that much contemplation, I hope there is some Bailey's in that coffee..


Bullshitted by P'cola Titan on June 20, 2008 12:03 AM

I'll send Dad over with the chainsaw. Just point him to the correct tree.

Bullshitted by Jerry on June 20, 2008 08:03 AM

Would you like an old car to go with the dead tree in the yard?

Bullshitted by Lou on June 20, 2008 10:07 AM

A lawn is used to keep Hank Hill busy.

Bullshitted by Cappy on June 20, 2008 05:29 PM