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MEMORIES, by            
First Line: You remember, big tree, the year of the hurricane
Last Line: Who is dead.)
Subject(s): Sequoia Trees; Redwoods


You remember, Big Tree, the year of the hurricane --
in smoothed limb-stubs you remember it.
(The books remember it too
in a man named Washington
who is dead.)

You remember, Big Tree, the year of the changing sun spots
and the shattering spears of fire --
in your split triumphant head you remember it.
(The books remember it too
in a man named Columbus
who is dead.)

You remember, Big Tree, the year of the bellowing fire
when you were young --
in your hidden bold black heart you remember it.
(The books remember it too
in a man named Christ
who is dead.)





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