Sunday, April 25, 2010

Among by Gary Snyder from Axe Handles

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.

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