Effoliating foliage, he haunts
His local habitation. The tutelary
Spirit, ripener of wildest blackberry,
Protector of the bees’ humblest wants.
From cloves to honeysuckles, from elm to maple,
He cares for the wood as if it were his garden.
The iridescent lights of night are starred in
His eyes. He gathers food for his greenwood table.
And once, in ages now so long forgotten,
His greening power helped even us to grow.
He was our teacher and our dearest friend.
But now on the New Wine we are besotted,
Drunk on this technological flow.
Still, even in the gales he will not bend.

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The featured image is “Beech Forest in Switzerland” (c. 1863–1864) by Ivan Shishkin (1832–1898) and is in the public domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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