He had been dying a while Harboring decay From roots to tile Curly fungi grew in rows on a stem Most of the branches Had no leaves on them.. Still it flowered a few more springs Its pods dangling through fall.. On one of its tallest dead branches A mockingbird delighted to call
He noticed the new lady in the house Give his twisted trunk A careful browse He heard her grumbling on about the million black and red bugs The ones that mated Joined at their butts They did grow in his pods But what could he do? Life does defy odds..
For sometime she came out often Talked to the birds Chased the dragonflies Became somewhat a gardener After much toil and tries.
Later, he wished he could Tell her, look, I’m half dead But life’s good. My trunk grows hollow So the bugs bore The woodpeckers love them It’s makes a good store! I have few leaves But my branches still hold Brooding fledglings After their mom’s scold.
Last year the winds Blew hard, but out of this way I heard a lot of my old pals Couldn’t hold their sway That night spared me And I’m glad I stayed.. Though some years lost grace I see you smiling again That smile can light up this place.
I saw her one last time As I lay sighing my last Too tired even for a weak storm My time had gone past I whispered to her, hush.. My friend, I'll bid farewell with a laugh As I am not in pain: You’ve called me boxelder All these years, in vain Elder I was, but my name Is Golden Rain.
Ishita September 30 2020.
I realized my tree was a golden rain tree the day he fell, gently.I don't know what prompted me to look up his name again, because for years I called it a box elder tree.. So I think he wanted me to know! I have watched young robins, cardinals being fed on the tree. Woodpeckers did indeed love it. After our neighbors cut off their dangerously tall, also dead, tree earlier this year, this was the only dead or dying tree in the near vicinity. Birds have long memories of familiar trees, they visit and perch on them and also eat the bugs that inhabit the trunks. I Hope they will still know this lawn when they come back next year.