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  • The Balmville Tree (Resy in Peace)

    I am the Balmville Tree, a living, breathing icon of American History.
    I am the oldest cottonwood in the eastern United States
    so loved by all of America, protected by our Nations Historic Places.

    Lasting three centuries, I've remained in this same spot.
    George Washington and Franklin Roosevelt, have visited me at my plot.
    My roots first clutched the earth, before Ben Franklin's birth.
    I am an American treasure, with a massive circular girth.

    In the town of Newburg, they named Balmville after me,
    I was born in 1699, and they've revered me accordingly.
    But in the last ten years, fighting chainsaws and advancing age,
    I've struggled with Mother Nature, her windswept angry rage.

    I know not, how long I've got, as arborists assess my condition,
    as local officials, with the DEC'S permission, may decide my final lot.
    If they must decide my fate, I hope that they will hesitate.
    Please do all you can to save my roots and branches,
    for a tree like me deserves to see, my admirers continuous romances.





  • #2
    BDB May your tree our tree live on till it's god's end. Thank You!

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    • #3
      You're a master storyteller Bobby! Wonderful job on this pleading tribute.

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      • #4
        The second RhymeLovingWriter thank you both for reading and commenting. As always, a pleasure!

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        • #5
          wow Bobby thank you so much for posting this. I didn't know about this tree

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          • #6
            lunar glide you are more than welcome. Thank you as always!

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            • #7
              Hello Bobby, The tree of ages and your passion for the mighty fellow is obvious in this splendid poem. Stalwart and forever as your poem surely is and yourself as well, I'm sure. All is well with you, I hope, Tony.

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              • #8
                I kind of got a kick out of the sign, They give the circumference, then save us the math. Incase you don't know Pi. I bet my bottom dollar this is wind shaken timber. Have you ever been in a cottonwood snow storm.
                Last edited by divot; 01-21-2017, 11:10 AM.

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                • #9
                  Tony Grannell thank you for your kind words my gentleman friend and divot, no I have never been in a Cottonwood storm. Do tell....

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                  • #10
                    Lovely dedication and poem!

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                    • #11
                      LovesDaisies thank you my friend for kind comment.

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                      • #12
                        A lovely story of the history told from the tree's perspective. Proud and strong may she live long. Thank you.

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                        • #13
                          mooneyblack a real Tree-t hearing from you said the tree and me.....

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