The Big Elm Tree

I remember a big elm tree

Resting on the southwest corner of our field

I was 5 when I first noticed it

So brown at the base and so green at the top

I imagined it was a chocolate bar

Wearing a fluffy green wig

 

I remember a big elm tree

Resting on the southwest corner of our yard

I was 11 when my father attached a nylon roped swing to it

Like a magnet, I was drawn to it once I got home from school to dinner time

I imagined I was an acrobat at the circus

Gliding and flying through the air

 

I remember a big elm tree

Resting outside the southwest corner of our house

I had the chore to rake all the leaves it spewed when I turned 15

It was such a chore, but the result so rewarding

I imagined I was climbing to the top of a building, and then I jumped

Pretending it was all coming to an end

 

I remember a big elm tree

Resting at the southwest spot where the sunlight rest throughout the day

I was 28 when I climbed to the top of the tree for the first time

Freeing the tangled kite for my son

I imagined I was a superhero as I climbed that day

The way my father did when he had to free my kite from the branches

 

I remember a big elm tree 

Resting on the southwest corner of the house

I was 34 when I had to climb to the top of that tree again

To untangle some wires that got snagged after a storm

I imagined that the tree as my personal saviour

Because it made my wife and I work out all our issues while I was at the hospital

 

I remember a big elm tree

Resting at the southwest corner near the fence

I was turning 50 when lightning struck it in the middle of the night

Leaving nothing more than a black stump

I imagined it was still there sometimes when I visited my parents

It's the only way I can keep it alive

 

I remember an elm tree

It was somewhere at the edge of our garden

I have so many memories of that tree

Or at least I did when I used to remember them

I would do anything just to go back

And sit underneath that tree again

The End

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