What is fifty years in the life of a tree?
What is fifty years in the life of a person?
How many generations of ants lived with the tree?
How many iterations of truth passed through the person?
Did the eagle feather find the man?
Or did the man find the feather of an eagle?
When no one is here the ravens come to dance.
Like the wind off the ocean the present flows.
Is the tree in the sky or has the sky reached the tree
The ancient hobbit tree
Reminds all of the ants of their protection of our Earth
Branches narrowed and rough
Needles long and smooth
All make up the ancient tree under which so many
Have laughed and loved and laughed again
Where are they
The spirits of this place?
Oh, there they are
In the slight breeze
On the trees at dawn
They rise up in the gentle tears
Brought on by recognition.
The laughter of the campers
Becomes the encouragement of friends
Seen and felt here now
And next year once again.