Wednesday, April 01, 2009

I Think That I Shall Never See. . .

Usually big number and statistics go over my head.
But yesterday, I began to get it.

I went to the Emmaus Community Park to view first hand the damage from Sunday afternoon's wild winds. At least 6 tall pines and oaks had been toppled. They lay on their sides with their roots exposed. I wanted to right them. It was sad.

Other people were there. Teens climbing along the trunks. And families who put their children in the holes left by the exposed roots. Elementary school children stood up to their chests in the ground at the foot of the grounded trees.

The Arts Pavilion, the snack bar, the rest rooms and the three pavilions were undamaged.
I shook my head trying to picture this spot in the park with out the tall trees shading the ground.
I left. Came home. Went online and a collection of "green facts" was waiting for me in my email.
Here's one that captured my attention.

Americans use 50 million tons of paper annually -- consuming more than 850 million trees.

And I began to get it.

I think that I shall never see
a poem lovely as a tree...

You can google "Toppled Trees in Emmaus, PA" and tab on images to see some of what I saw.
There is a video featuring Craig Neely, Borough Manager.

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