Haiku: The Tree
This stump is not your typical driftwood – in fact it is not driftwood at all. Blue Marsh Lake was constructed between 1974 and 1979 and this tree was in a location that was flooded with water to make the lake bed. It is visible every year when the lake is lowered to receive the winter flow. I have walked the lake shore for years (not since 1979, though)…and this tree stump withers more and more every year. I use the stump as a marker for water depth each time I am at the lake. I think in its primitive way, it is a beautiful piece – icon of beauty, nature, and the past. I bet it is a wonderful haven for growing fish when it is submerged. What also is true, is that this tree had a story – we can only imagine.