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An Arbor Appeal

Posted: December 6, 2017 - 1:43am

This is the second in a three-part editorial by Marlena Bargeron. Note: It is most effective when read aloud. Find the full Arbor Appeal at newstimes.augusta.com.

 

When you travel by foot, on your own, on the ground,

The ground gives you power, the effect is profound.

To move like those before you, to see how they saw,

The shape of the Earth... to reach a summit gives me awe...

The ground shapes me (like the butter and the cheese)...

Just outside the door awaits a bounty of discoveries.

To clear cut it, to crush it, can't you tell it's killing our spirit?

Put your ear to the freshly paved ground, it's crying, can you not hear it?

The widening roads are like a creeping depression,

The further they reach, the deeper our disconnection,

And the thicker the pollution, the hotter the air,

Oh, change is gonna come! Do we not care?

Somehow, the buck gets passed. The buddies get paid.

The public is left feeling helpless and dismayed.

And when and if the kids grow big, and when they learn and hear what we did,

They might ask, "Where were you?"

The science says the South will suffer more.

The Book of Leviticus says leave the fringes for the poor (19: 9-11).

I say, we are down on our knees,

How can we continue just doing as we please?

Trying a little isn't enough.

Putting green in our pockets instead of leaving it on the trees.

We cannot compromise the needs of the many to benefit the economic interests of a few,

It is not the 1850s. We are all equal, I can assure you.

Those pines stand tall like elders to a child.

With a little protection, they could be here for a while.

Sure, branches will fall. And yes, the wind will blow a few down.

But the shelter, shade, and oxygen trees provide is worth every pound.

To walk among them is a breath of fresh air.

I need you to appreciate, it's not like this everywhere.

Even if my favorite store, Trader Joe's, wanted to build at Washington and William Few Parkway,

I'd have to say,

"I'm sorry, T.J.,

As much as I love your cheap wine and delicious cheese,

Now more than ever, we need those trees."

It's one thing if fire or flood change the land.

But it's another thing in 2017, if we diminish

The beauty and God-given insurance by our own hand.

Columbia County might be okay

But only if our tree stands are able to stay...

 

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