I’m not sure why
you’ve been cut down,
but I can see by your life lines
that you’ve been here a while.

Maybe it was just your time to go,
maybe you unintentionally
stood in the way
of so-called progress.

Whatever the reason,
let me just say thank you
for the life you lived
and the shade you shared
and the leaves you shed,
and the kids you held
and the animals you sheltered.
A job well done, big guy.