They took the tree down limb by limb
the way doctors took my old friend's leg;
one cut and then another, and a week later
back to take more until he finally said,
"Enough, take it all", and they did.
Yesterday I watched the power company
hack away at a tree too close to their lines,
then cart the pieces to the brush pile
until all that was left was a naked
stub 20 feet high. Enough, I said.
And when they left at last I went out
with a chain saw
and took the rest down,
sat beside the stump and wept.