Redwood Damage

Final day; final harvest
of the last of the persimmons.
Cutting wood and bringing it under cover.
The goats restless with the smell of autumn rain
a broken tide of clouds darkens at day’s end.

On Hallows Eve they came as silent as ghosts.
but for the whisper of their hoofs swashing the leaves.
They came following the does.
Drunk on pheromone and lust
Tossing the weight of their antlers in empty threats
At the broken moon.

The redwoods were too much for them
The scent of pine oil lathering the air.
They were don quixotes swinging at windmills
as they plowed the redwood saplings to the ground.

Healthy, young redwood sampling

Healthy, young redwood sampling

Outer bark rubbed away

Outer bark rubbed away

In the morning  nothing left but broken branches.
The bark rubbed clean from the cambium.
Girdled, the young trees will weaken
and eventually die.

 

Dead redwood sapling

Dead redwood sapling

 

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Posted on October 31, 2014, in Caretaking the Forest, Halloween, Psi Keep Center for the Arts, Uncategorized, Unforeseen Events and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. How sad. Redwood trees, lovingly planted and tended, grand plans. Deep sigh.

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  2. NOOoooo!!! Not the Redwoods!!!

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    • Actually I may have saved a number of them. I spent a frantic day and a night wrapping the remaining 25 saplings in field fencing around each tree. If they survive they will at least be protected until they grow big enough to withstand the onslaught of rowdy deer.

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