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by Butch Howard
Friday, May 18, 2007
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From the moment I arrived at the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park, I was awestruck by what I saw there. I spent half my time trying to hold down the lump in my throat.

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed.  Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”
- Henry David Thoreau

Infant saplings born among sylvan giants
Rooted from ancient coniferous seeds
Offspring of sleeping ancestors send new
Tendrils to gain a foothold in mulched matrix

Parental vestiges of slow time
Provide foundations for sprouts
Destined to become colossal titans
Arms outstretched towards azure skies

Thriving within nature’s nursery
They are metaphors of hope
Living representatives of God’s glory
Patiently awaiting their time in the sun

Arboreal brothers and sisters stand nearby
Sentinels to welcome the new generations
Calling living legacies to reach upwards
In silent voices only they can hear

Butch Howard

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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
Wonderful images in this captivating write !......M
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
You expressed your "lump" suberbly! Its an awesome feeling, one that is very difficult to find words to describe...but you managed it!
I will always be intrigued by nature~
Enjoyed this!
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia

You superbly reflected "the lump in your throat" in this rich and gripping write..this immediately reminded me of Ezekiel 31:18: "To whom art thou, thus like, in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden?"

All mankind should be in awe..

Beautifully and masterfully done.
Blessings, Rhonda

Reviewed by Barbara Mercer
Beautiful and inspiring poem. Thank you Butch.
Reviewed by E. Richardson
beatiful, powerful, timeless piece you have written here my friend...nature is indeed inspiring.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
This truly is a most awed and awe-inspiring poem, Butch... we can tell that you have been greatly moved to the depths to reach expression for this one. And I can only marvel with you... In England I guess everything is such small scale... I'm not sure whether I can believe my eyes when I grapple with my perceived proportions in that picture! Yes, it is like Gulliver in Lilliput, being a sapling, I guess! LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by J M
Butch the pic was astonding I have never seen such a large mammoth tree. Your tribute left a lump in my throat too. In the Woprd it speaks of faith being like a seed so this held a spiritual teaching in your poetry for me.

Blessings & Light,
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow
Wow!! I must say this is one of your best, my friend.. Your descriptive images are awesome and I can assure you I would have been standing there with jaw dropped...
Reviewed by E T Waldron
This is outstanding! Having witnessed what you speak of I can only say I'm deeply touched by the beauty of this splendid poem. Your imagery is spot-on!Yosemite is one of Creator's great wonders!

Reviewed by Taylor Ryan
Words as strong as the very roots you write about, Butch. Wow, this is as much a study in the tree giant as it is in sounds when read aloud...such power. This is a delight to the eye and the ears...
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
Beautiful...and what a picture!
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
What a wonderful write my friend, your words are heartfelt and sincere! The picture is stunning, I've wanted to visit the park and see them for myself since I was a small girl and read about them at school! Maybe someday I'll get a chance to, but for now you've given a wonderful vision with your poem and a glimpse of the wonderous trees with this beautiful picture! Enjoyed this so very much!
Blessings from Kentucky,
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
An awesome sight indeed. It leaves me speechless!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

Be safe,
Reviewed by jude forese
this poem reaches into the sky of hope and the wonder of nature ...
Reviewed by D Johnson
Bill is right, Awesome is the word, the tree and the words.

Reviewed by F William Broome
Too many of us use the word too lightly and meaninglessly.
Your work describes in truth, the word, Awesome!
A magnificiant tree with a true admirer. Greaat work. - Bill
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Thriving within nature’s nursery
They are metaphors of hope

And how truly magnificent they are! Love the poem, the pic, and that Thoreau quote, Butch.
Reviewed by Katherine Chandler
"Thriving within nature’s nursery
They are metaphors of hope
Living representatives of God’s glory
Patiently awaiting their time in the sun"

These lines truly spoke to me, Butch. I
have always dreamed of going to Yosemite
National Park and the imagery in this poem
makes me want to go there even more now!!

Beautifully written.

Hugs`n smiles,

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