Thursday, October 21, 2010


Did you know that 1960 was a simpler 
time? Even the squirrels of 1960
were less complicated than the squirrels 
of today

The First Settlers: Were Probably
Not Thinking about How Trees Began

All began in the seas and the oceans.
Tiny green algae got food from the sun,
the seas rushed to fill the hollow places,
and sea weeds somehow learned to grow
on land. The waves of the sea could not
wash them back. Settle our big,
.................................wide country.

Does It All Sound Easy and Fun?

It wasn't. These men were the tallest
straightest pines. All day the rushing
river took them pell-mell to the saw-
mill. They balanced on the logs, the logs
rolled out from under them. They jumped
from one to another as the rushing water
carried them. Impossible people doing
impossible things. These men weren't
the trees we know today, the cherries,
.....................apples, pears and oranges.

Certain Trees Are Special

A limber pine from Idaho
was working like mad just
growing. Made a small,
cleared place in the forest
of years. You can speak.
If anyone asks, tell your age.
A special tool has now been
.........invented, it is called
an "increment borer." The loud
knock-knock of a woodpecker,
making a hole in the year
1950 and eating the grubs
that live there, the days.

Never Lose All Your Leaves

At one time. Your feet are
probably resting on a carpet
of dead and dead, a soft
carpet of broken and broken.
In winter a forest insect
has weather all its own,
too. We would never have
our Christmas if this were
not so. The sun is needed
for its manufacture, all kinds
of shades of red and green.

The Sun

Is a hard-sounding name
for the same yellow found egg yolks. Hot rays
of daylight--enough to build
........a four-foot wide path
to the sun!

American Paper and Pulp Association

Reading a stump can be as exciting clues in a detective story.
...............A tree is always there,
unless an accident happens to it.
Now this log will make one trip--
to the handles of the knives in your
kitchen. To the musical instruments
in your favorite orchestra. To
the book you are building, in your
own town or city. It is important
for these to be light enough to carry.

The Same Trees Give Us Their Sweetness

A kind of bouncy quality, soft white
legs and arms. Have you ever touched
a tree and then had a sticky "sap"
in your hand? If the wood in your pencil
ever got crooked you can imagine what
a useless pencil you would have.

The First Real Writing

Many of our English words
began as the cells of trees.
The wonder-working cells
of trees. A ladder was put
against the tree so the spirit
could leave it comfortably.

We Make So Many Things From Paper

Real paper, like the kind we know,
was reported in China two thousand
years ago. A French scientist,
a German, an American invented it.
They chewed the wood into pulp,
mixed it with their saliva, and lo!
it came out paper. How surprised
all of these fine gentlemen would be
if they could visit our paper today,
creamy white when it is new.

Live in a World without Paper

All the paper in the world
suddenly whisked away.
No mail in your mailbox,
no funnies or history, no
pictures of great hairy
elephants. You could make
a list a yard long, the list
would be written on paper
too. You wouldn't be reading
............this very sentence,

"And now if my imaginary visitors
could be with me on this imaginary trip."

--from The Adventure Book of Forest Wonders,
by Eva Knox Evans

He used a rock for his pencil


Anonymous said...

This is good, so so good

wv: priptax

Patricia Lockwood said...

Save your praise for Eva Knox Evans

Christine E. Hamm, Poet Professor Painter said...

Great found poems!

Patricia Lockwood said...

They are so easy--it turns out you don't have to write anything at all!

John Dantzer said...

Hilarious! And full of sexual innuendos.

Patricia Lockwood said...

So glad you caught them, they were more subtle this time