Sunset Park Elm

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2 Responses to “Sunset Park Elm”


  1. 1 Paul Lamb December 21, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Someone once said our grandparents were the last to see the chestnut trees, our parents were the last to see the elm trees, and we are the last to see the dogwood trees. I don’t think the dogwoods are yet it such dire straits as the blighted chestnut and elm, and it may be the banana that we bid good bye to instead, but it is worth celebrating old elms that have survived.

    • 2 mthew December 21, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Hemlocks, too, are in dire straits. The forest diminishes in richness, and each generation sees only what it sees and thinks it’s good, the best, the culmination of all. Isolated Elms — even isolated Chestnuts, in Maine, and on the West Coast there they were I believe introduced — survive as silent reminders of what was. And the ever-sprouting Chestnut stumps show us the vitality, the crazy vitality, of life.


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