Requiem

Source: Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ

Two old poplars

stand 70 feet tall

a foot for each year.

One leans east

over the rectory

lower branches

battered and bare.

Leafy tops still

stretch to the sky.

 

Chain saws bark!

Source: Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ

In three hours

branches stripped

two massive trunks

in succession

strike the ground

shake the building

lie helpless horizontal

suffer dismemberment

crying gallons of tears.

Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ, is pastor of St. Ignatius parish in Winnipeg.

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