Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Unfortunate Tree; A Roadside Memorial

A roadside memorial - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2010

It’s too bad someone in a large truck didn’t mow down this tree when it was still a sapling. The seed took hold outside of a bend in a road that otherwise runs straight for a half a mile or so.

This is exactly where you wind up if you are driving too fast for conditions.

Long ago, the tree reached the state of “immovable object”.

It bears the scars of multiple impacts.

tree - crash - memorial - cross - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2010

Of course, it’s not the tree that causes the accidents, but still I wonder if it should not be taken down before it kills again.

large oak tree with memorial to crash victim - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2010

I am reminded of Shel Silverstein’s classic story about the tree who gave its own life for the shelter and comfort of a boy growing into a man. Trees certainly provide abundantly for us. And occasionally, trees take someone away.

large oak tree against blue sky with clouds - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2010

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  1. I'm not sure you should say "before it kills again."

    The tree does not kill.

    Alex in Mexico.

  2. Alex -

    Yes, I understand. That's why I said I am ambivalent about the fate of the tree. While the tree is merely trying to survive and procreate, its unfortunate position is bound to cause more human injuries and probably deaths.

    Life vs. life.

    Thanks for your comment. It is very thoughtful.

    - Jeff


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