Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Senator

"The Senator" burning
The whodunit
at Big Tree Park is solved.
It wasn’t lightning
or spontaneous combustion
that killed “The Senator.”

A drug user set fire
to the beloved cypress tree.
She needed
some light to see
while she got high.

But, there’s another culprit
in this tragedy.
Seminole County
let Big Tree Park become a haven
for drugs and prostitution.

“The Senator” was the most
ancient and majestic cypress tree
in the United States. And we let
our most ancient tree
become the victim of petty crime.

“The Senator” died at the hands of a druggie.
But it also died of negligence.

“The Senator” was the name given to a 3,500 year old tree, 125 feet tall with a trunk diameter of 17.5 feet.  It was destroyed by a fire on January 16, 2012.

© 2012 Catherine Giordano

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