Few Douglas fir grow in these pine woods
One fir is there among south-facing Ponderosa Pine,
Every fall a lot of little seedlings sprout
Around it –
Every summer during long dry drouth they die.
Once ever y forty years or so
A rain comes in July.
Two summers back it did that,
The Doug fir seedlings lived that year
The next year it was dry,
A few fir made it through.
This year, with roots down deep, two live
A Douglas fir will be among these pines
at he 3000-foot level
north of the south fork
of the Yuba river
As an instructor I've always felt I'm sorting through my students
over the decades to find those fir's that last.