Loss–dVerse Open Link Night


Photo Credit: D. Slotto

Photo Credit: D. Slotto

The year we lost our pepper tree
I died a bit myself.
Sometimes a history, a soul
is so tied into creation—
a bird, a cloud, a tree
or a memory.

Before we said goodbye
the world shuddered.
Brutal wind battered,
buffeted, swept through
our valley.

Today I stand alone
in a space reduced to emptiness.

 

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27 thoughts on “Loss–dVerse Open Link Night

  1. Rallentanda says:

    I have a lot of Pepper trees on my property. They grow like weeds here.
    Beautiful smell. It is hearbreaking to see hundred year old figs being decimated in this country for development. I hope there is bad bad karma for everyone involved.

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  2. Irene says:

    Yea we’re so tied to the pepper tree, Victoria.

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  3. beautifully expressed Victoria. I remember years ago when a gorgeous by sadly dying white birch was cut down in our front yard to protect the house in case a heavy snow or wind felled it naturally… my daughters (very little then) and I stood by the door watching the men with the chainsaw and ropes and we all three cried.

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  4. kkkkaty1 says:

    Love trees!! Like losing a friend, indeed..

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  5. I’m heartened to see so many comments about feeling the loss of a tree. We had a old, stately black walnut tree in our yard. One day I came home to find several men with chainsaws hacking it to bits. I was in shock. My husband decided to “harvest” the tree for its precious wood. Oh, how I cried and asked the tree to forgive us. My husband thought I was crazy.

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  6. Victoria~
    I feel the same depth of emotion regarding my garden, my plants, my trees. I once compared tree-trimming to child rearing and caught a lot of flack! You convey the connections beautifully.

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  7. Mohana says:

    God! this is so beautiful. The emptiness echoes. The gaps things leave when they are gone…

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  8. aka_andrea says:

    I surround myself with images of trees, even have a tree of life tattoo. they are the soul and the center of everything, I can feel your loss.

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  9. Trees are so special. I have a yard full of them and I couldn’t image not having them. A beautiful poem Victoria.

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  10. God, me too…i have lost so many trees to emptiness.. thank you for writing your poem to my heart….heart trees …thank you

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  11. claudia says:

    oh i can feel you in this victoria…we once had a big, big cherry tree in my mom’s garden and when it was gone, it was as a part of my childhood went with it as well

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  12. wit, et al says:

    “Today I stand alone
    in a space reduced to emptiness.”

    I can really feel this. And I completely understand the connection to nature you’ve described.

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  13. Suzy says:

    Oh I felt the loss and sadness. And I loved that you thought of the tree with a soul. Wonderful. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  14. Interesting take o n loss. I like how you connected yor pepper tree with it,s history, and being toed to creation

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  15. ayala says:

    Sad…we lost our the trees during the Hurricane and it was awful …love this.

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  16. Mary says:

    Victoria, I understand this deeply. I have experienced the loss of a tree too, and it always feels like such a personal loss. I have mourned rose bushes as well. And even a basil plant I had growing in a pot. So many times these living things ARE indeed tied to memories; and we want them to live on and on, I think, to keep those memories in the forefront of our minds. A poignant write.

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  17. Sabio Lantz says:

    I know that empty feeling — we lost a large tree recently too. When we reduce forest to a few pretty ornamental trees, the loss of one is easily noticed.

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  18. souldipper says:

    Oh dear, Victoria. This business of our hearts becoming softer and more sensitive is simply not easy. Don’t stop, dear woman…it’s contagious! XO

    P.S. I’ve contacted WordPress about the subscribe problem. Different people on the Forum are trying it and having problems, too. So we’ll see what the Happiness Engineers can do to help out.

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  19. zongrik says:

    oh, that is so heart wrenching 😦

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  20. Laurie Kolp says:

    Yes, there is a void left behind, but thank goodness it gets a little smaller as time goes on.

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  21. rebecca2000 says:

    But at least you had the tree to love in the first place.

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  22. Truedessa says:

    Could feel the pain in the words..emptiness says it all…

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  23. ManicDdaily says:

    You describe that buffeting and bareness well,and the sense of reduction. k.

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  24. Goodness, we die with each lost tree ~ A lovely share Victoria ~

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  25. wolfsrosebud says:

    great feelings of lose here

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  26. brian miller says:

    i feel you in this…we had to take out a tree at my parents a few years back that was an important relic of my childhood…there was a mourning in taking it down, so i have felt this…smiles.

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  27. Oh, I can feel that emptiness, the place where something live should be.

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