Monday, January 19, 2009

Trees and illegals

During my third grade in school our teacher Mrs. Phillips asked us to purchase a copy of One Hundred and One Famous Poems and we had to learn the poem Trees and recite it. There are reasons for trimming trees and pruning rose bushes but to profit the bottom line is not one of them. Trees provide fruit, shade, a habitat for birds and wayward kites and numerous other benefits. Somewhere along the way unnecessary trimming became a way for homeowner associations management to justify their existence and expenditures. In times with an abundance of illegals and cheap labor unnecessary tree trimming become another way
for associations to make a buck. During an e-mail discussion with a representative of the City of Lake Forest she told me that there was 87
home owners association within the city. That number sounds rather high for me but there is no shortage of tree destruction here.


by: Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

My apology to Kilmer but my doubts are that Gods and deities are not responsible for flora and fauna but local cities and home owners associations are responsible exploiting illegal labor in destroying not only a trees fuction but their beauty.

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