Yesterday I stopped by a local gardening center and bought three small dogwood trees, two reds and a white. Today, before the anticipated rains come, I will be selecting planting sites for the little trees and then doing the back-breaking work of digging very big holes to accommodate the new farm greenery.
With that rewarding work waiting before me, I thought that a poem about trees and tree-planting might be in order. That criteria led me to "Planting a Dogwood" by Nebraska poet Roy Scheele. It reminds us that for every tree which we see lifting its branches skyward, there is its twin, an ever-expanding root system, digging deeply into the dark soil to sustain the green tree growing above the ground. (That's why I must dig such spacious holes today!)
Roy Scheele published a book of poetry in 2010 entitled A Far Allegiance. The publisher is Backwaters Press.
Planting a Dogwood
by Roy Scheele