The Fall of the Pioneer Cabin Tree

Long years into our California drought
A wealth of rainstorms poured, bailing us out.
We’re so grateful, despite some casualties.
Most publicized? Pioneer Cabin Tree.

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How it survived so long is the riddle.
Could you last with a hole through your middle?
Not me. And further, I would make a sound
Even if no one heard me hit the ground.

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Strong, ancient P.C.T.! What made you fall?
Lightning. Fire. Tourists. You weathered them all.
A living legend, turned legendary.
Blame it on the rain? Blame James Sperry.

Sigh. What’s done is done. I would rather dwell
On your majestic life, and say farewell.

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