Category: Sheboygan Wisconsin

“Ash Tree Management”

When I visited the Town of Holland Sheboygan County – Wisconsin site yesterday, I saw they have “Information about Ash Tree Management in the Town of Holland.”

They link to ROOTS “Restoration of Our Trees – Sheboygan.”

My poem, Seasons, is from October 24, 2019.

SEASONS

once the tree grew tall
before the Emerald Ash Borer
and then a storm

hosta plants
grew green again
around the stump
in Spring

they grew large
and flowered well
so blessed by rain
and a red begonia planter

now there is an
orange pumpkin
on the ash tree stump

and hosta leaves are gold
in the brilliant morning sun

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Sunday afternoon

We enjoyed a Spring drive. Karl had the idea of seeing the trees at M&T’s Gibbsville Orchard. It is interesting to see the shapes of the trees, as they have been so carefully pruned for years. Some still have their Spring flowers. We will return when their Gift Store is open.

fruit trees
in the area
may the season
go well for
all the orchards

endurance and trust

gold hosta leaves
rest on the ground
cover the ground
by the ash tree stump
windows and porch

images of beauty
work complete for a time
endurance and trust
through fall and winter
to spring and summer

When we moved here long ago, a neighbor said, “You learn to save some things for winter.” I love the quiet of late autumn and winter. And at this time, I like the sounds of the outdoor work. People are getting done what they can, and then that work too follows the weather and seasons. Patience.

I think there will be more letters and emails with requests for donations this year. Already a few on our kitchen table.

We plan some donations of Quiet Christmas Poetry. We published the book in 2014, and it is still new.  The second printing of the book was in 2017.  Thank you to GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for their excellent work. Perhaps there will be a third printing this year.

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early September

early September
old trees in the sun
and blue sky

hard years show
and then new growth
old trees in the sun

Karl pruned bushes and trees this year. There are also many dead and dying ash trees in our area – so it looks like some trees in the landscape have already lost their leaves. The power companies keep the lines clear. We watch to make sure trees are attended before a storm can cause damage. One year, a tree fell on our garage roof. Good tree services in the area.

Karl is an engineer and has done some good deeds for COVID-19 needs. He helped with the technology for virtual visits at nursing homes.

The branches outside my study window inspire with how an evergreen branch can show a hard season, and then new growth in a new month’s sun. Resilience.

Yesterday, we bought groceries. All of us wearing our face masks and practicing social distance. A peaceful atmosphere, and grateful. We wash our hands as soon as we return home. Then lunch and laundry. Books, music, blogs. Thank you.