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Edward Hujsak


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Ancient one, you have watched
over a hundred generations of my kind.
Your ugliness is softened only
by bird nests that hang like pendants,
and greening when the spring rains come.

You are an oasis in the desert.
You pocket water in hidden cavities
for thirsty travelers, who make
lemonade of the powder in your seeds
and drink it to calm their ailments.

You are the eternal shelter to all creatures.
This morning school children gathered
in your shade for lessons.
Tonight a leopard will stretch
across your loins and sleep.

From For Love of Trees (Mina-Helwig, 2009).
Used with the author’s permission.

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Edward Hujsak is a rocket engineer turned writer, artist, sculptor, and builder of fine furniture and musical instruments. A chemical engineering graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Edward worked on propulsion systems at General Dynamics during development of the Atlas and Centaur rockets. He was propulsion engineer on John Glenn’s famous orbital flight and served as chief of preliminary design at General Dynamics Astronautics Division for ten years, accumulating more than a dozen patents in the aerospace field. Edward is the author of eight published books and has written commentaries for a variety of journals and magazines, including Spaceflight, Space News, Machine Design, San Diego Reader and MAKE magazine. He lives in La Jolla, California.

 

 

 


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Dorcas:
Ah Earth, the alixer of life; from dust we are made.
Posted 04/22/2016 05:05 PM
Lori Levy:
Especially like the last line.
Posted 04/22/2016 12:15 PM
transitions:
Love these trees...great poem.
Posted 04/22/2016 11:41 AM
barbsteff:
… a leopard will stretch across your loins and sleep. What great language!
Posted 04/22/2016 11:20 AM
mjs.ontheroad@gmail.com:
Beautiful poem *perfect* for Earth Day!
Posted 04/22/2016 10:34 AM
r1manchester:
nice poem Ed and....I learned a new word to boot!
Posted 04/22/2016 09:04 AM
ElizabethP:
Wonderful image of an awesome wonder.
Posted 04/22/2016 08:52 AM
Newf:
Awesome tree! Nice poem.
Posted 04/22/2016 06:30 AM


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