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Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 03:33 pm

catalpaforest story part 1

catalpaforest story part 1

near the wisconsin farm we lived on
we kids at exploratory age followed
the crick discovered upstream a grove
of trees planted incongruously in rows
strange trees catalpa trees we named it the catalpa forest played there for years town kids biked out for mud fights in the stream we choked on smoke from the long cigar-like pods we launched downstream flotillas of curled willow leaves now our farm all neighboring farms are leveled replaced by factories stripmalls warehouses rows of concrete storage lockers intertwining highways but that small stand of trees probably a hundred thirty years old is still leafing out every summer dropping pods in the fall recently I found a way in marveled at the trunks thin gaunt healthy oldsters people speeding by on I-90 just across the crick don’t notice this green island if they do they have no idea what the little woods meant to many kids for many years it meant something to some grownups too how those trees happened to be planted I’ll tell that story another time for now I’m just glad they were

2011 Jacqueline Jackson
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