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Kentucky Color: I heard a tree
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By Billy Joe Fudge
I think we all can learn lessons from the requests made in "I Heard A Tree" (poem with accompanying photo). Lessons from this Old Tree's life, lessons from his awareness of his mortality, lessons from his desire not to be just remembered, but to know that his life and death have amounted to something. He wants what we all want in our living and in our dying, to leave more than a blank spot or an eternal emptiness.
We want in our last thoughts on this earth to know that we have supported our fellow man and not extorted him. We want to know that we have "cooled the air and created a breeze".
We want in our last thoughts on this earth to know that we are leaving this world the raw material to "build something nice".
My friends, we only become majestic when we take what others have left us and "build something nice". We only become majestic when we us what others have left us wisely.
The following poetic dissertation is what this old Red Oak standing on a hillside might have said before old age brought an end to his life.
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