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A Kind of Overcoming
By Jay Albrecht
Copyright 2000 Jay Albrecht
A poem about reflections about mortality.
Twelve blown-down pines,
canted downhill, pointing
to the river's rush of rapids.
As straight and strong
as their green companions
still piercing up to heaven.
Majestic where they lay,
I asked them why God's winds
now chose to toss them so.
"Tell your wondering
that our fifty years of grace
of fragmenting this place -
is done. We give our space
to seedlings brought in love
by winds who brought us down.
As you shall, too, one day
when you have pointed up
for three score years and ten -
and left your children
and you love
as overcoming monuments.