This musing was written in response to the Central Park massacre.

Massacre and other inflammatory phrases were often heard. Overwhelmed by a great grief is how the majority of us felt on the day of the Monday Massacre.

Many thought even more trees were going to be removed. A note to be placed on the trees to encourage their preservation was requested. This is the note that was written in response to that request.

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Pictured on this page are photos of a white oak tree and close up of the leaves and acorns of a white oak. The white oak is the Illinois State Tree. It a magnificent commanding tree when it matures, white oaks can live to be several hundred years old, it is usually a little less than a hundred feet tall.

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White Oak

I Need Little From You

but To Be Left Alone

As I have shaded you, I will do the same for your grandchild.  I will be a home for a myriad of living things.  Birds with beautiful songs, animals of many colors, insects to fascinate the young eyes - I will house and feed them.  I need my community to unify into a grove, a copse, or a forest; I cannot stand-alone for long.  Given our diversity, we flourish and provide a haven for all life. We nourish and entertain all young beings.  We are shelter for our own kind and yours. We present an ever-changing landscape a habitat for all things. I can give many things, but I cannot move.  If I am to live I must ask you to adjust for me.  Prune me, trim me, but let me live.  I will be a lasting gift for your grandchildren and for theirs. God who created all things will number our days and judge when our time has ended.  I ask you, who are hastier than my kind, put your faith in the Lord, and let us live together.


Treebeard’s Prophecy

I have lived long among the trees, and know their ways.  I resemble a tree - thick, strong, steadfast, adorned with straggly branches.   I have listened to the trees. I have learned perseverance, tolerance, aspiration, unity, and beauty from their teaching.  If you tear down what is good, steal what is lasting, burn what gives life; your land will be barren, your ground will be infested with thorns and stinging things, having cursed the land you will inherit bitter fruit.

A character created by JRR Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings

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