Fred Babbin

Rookie (1925 / Chicago)

For Ruth - Poem by Fred Babbin

We have a tiny Japanese garden in back, and this Elm was about a yard in diameter in the wrong place. It got Dutch Elm disease this year.

Farewell great Elm,
I knew you well.
You were my bane and her delight.
Your life was long and good
but you were also mortal.
And so mortality
took it’s payment
once again.

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  • Fay Slimm (8/16/2008 1:24:00 AM)


    Yes - Mortality - the very word echoes like a bell it's great toll. A thoughtful tribute to the Elm, as with all big trees it's life surely was great and good. Greetings from Fay Slimm. Cornwall U.K. I spent a vacation once near a garden which had a big tall Sunflower and I was moved to write a tribute too after a week of admiration for that tall monster. Have a read of it Fred, and I would appreciate your views. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 15, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 25, 2011


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