Vigil and poem for the trees - tree removal to begin at 145th

Friday, May 3, 2019



On May Day a small group from Shoreline, supported by good thoughts from dozens of other tree lovers, held a small vigil at the 147th Park n Ride to memorialize 70 trees which are scheduled for destruction to make way for the Light Rail Station and tracks.


There are many species in this grove including huge madrones, White Pine, Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir.



Many residents of Shoreline are asking why they are being cut now, in the middle of bird nesting season? There are approximately 800 - 2000 more trees in the Shoreline Light Rail Corridor scheduled to be cut.


It is an issue causing distress for many humans and other creatures in Shoreline.




The Forest Archives
By Vicki Westberg 

Silhouetted by
an iridescent    
web of stars
monastic hoods of
evergreens nod imperceptibly.
Supernatural beings
do inhabit the region
like mythological giants,
tired ancient spirits gathered
in the painful endurance of time.
Cathedral spires, heavy and hard
aspire upward like tapers
to be lit by lightning fires.
They creak like masts in the wind
from blasts that make them turn and bend,
bow and sway in a noisy dance of freedom.
The pipe organ prelude concludes
with a sepulchral silence
that dares forth
an occult moan.
Rain is due and spirits fly
among the arboreal ecclesia.
Then streams of sacred sapphires enter
and sizzle through the archives
like church whispers,
telling stories
of the past, grandpast
and great grandpast,
and how the archives
retain water
in their fibers
as I do.




2 comments:

Anonymous,  May 4, 2019 at 6:32 AM  

It would be great if residents had the opportunity to transplant ferns etc.

Anonymous,  May 6, 2019 at 10:26 AM  

They are cutting the trees during nesting season for the same reason the parks department cuts down the blackberries in the parks just as they ripen.

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