Fallen tree your roots flying free,
In death you look victorious to me,
I sense your ancient spirit still,
And stand in awe, I always will,
You were the best and deserve your rest,
You stood firm and survived life’s test,
Though I am so small beside you now,
I’ll tell your tale if you will allow.
Borne on the wind of chance you won,
Your place right here under the sun,
Fed by the earth you fought and grew,
To a height attained by very few,
Your song is ringing through the air,
Still calling to any who would dare
To follow; grow straight and tall like you
And reach for the light in all they do.
Everything you heard and all you saw,
You hold in time like an open door,
Through which we can listen and look,
Some hear and see the day the earth shook,
As you surrendered the wealth in your store,
Returning her gifts with so much more,
The forest still echoes to the sound,
While you lie sleeping on the ground.
I touch the moment I heard your song,
It caresses the air with beauty, yet
The strident call wins every bet,
Always sounding both clear and strong,
I would walk quietly in your shade,
I would grow up toward the light,
And under the full moon of the night,
Try to match the shadow you made.