Its beauty drew us to Aquila Avenue,
a sight to behold in full bloom
And over the years, it shared its lovely colors
with everyone who walked down the street.
A storm or two came through in the last two years
and we had to take down a few branches that broke off in the wind
Still she shone brightly,
for two more seasons.
Alas, after being diagnosed with root girdling,
it was time.
the final day
her glorious leaves
holding on tightly
Armed with a super-duper chainsaw,
that belonged to a friend of a friend,
the two made quick work
Joe & JP
Home to two chipmunks
that turned into "super-flying" chipmunks
as the last of her branches
All that remains
are the memories
and the beauty
of what was,
held deep in the roots,
of this gorgeous sugar maple.
...to be continued.