Cedar giants are dying

Photo by Adrienne Fraser

A week or so ago, a friend told us the changes in the weather patterns – more sun, more heat, less rain – were affecting our local Western cedar trees. They weren’t getting the water they needed and were beginning to die. While this was alarming somehow I didn’t take it seriously. I thought it’s a very long slow process.Then last night when I was awake trying to cope with various fears and anxiety, I read in our local paper (Nanaimo News Bulletin), climate change was affecting the cedars on the east coast of Vancouver Island (where we live) and 10 – 15% may not survive this year!I was so upset it pushed me over some kind of edge and this poem came out, 3:00 am again, of course.

If the cedar giants are dying

so are we all

the killer is not climate change

for me it is fear

a voice in the night cries out

I cannot breathe

I cannot breathe

even in their majestic slow death

my cedar brothers keep giving

they are giving love giving life

even as they hear the voices

both day and night

I cannot breathe

I cannot breathe

they continue giving love

giving life

this is what they do

this is who they are

5 Replies to “Cedar giants are dying”

    1. My wife and I were really feeling a grief when a day or so ago we saw 4 or 5 of the cedars I love we’re declared dead and they had cut them off at about 10 or 12 feet above the ground. I love touching them and feel the pulse of their loving energy…….

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