Dead shark, shoved onto the sand. Its good hes dead! Could kill a man!


The jagged jaws drip crimson stain while we look on, in shock, in pain. While nature knows no remedy for feeding frenzies in the sea, we watch, wild-eyed and entertained in awe of teeth and torn remains.


We fear the beauty of the deep: the sleek dark death of fatal sleep.


Ive seen unnatural nature rise into the blue of heaven skies, from darkened dirt of death decay into the sweet sun of the day. Breathing silence, slowly grows and never thinking always knows that life is sometimes given to the things that know not what they do. Years ascending, gaining girth, the monument to mother earth is home to beetle, bird and vine with living limb and dying tine.


Our red oak grows so many years until we succumb to our fears of massive limbs so dead and dry that they may fall down from the sky. Though round as at least eight of us and more than century tall, our hasty thoughtless axe will make the mighty monster fall.


Dead oak, dropped into the dirt. Its good its gone! We could get hurt!



P. Michael Quinn

August, 2005

A few dead limbs does not a dead tree make, especially one over five feet in diameter, over 100 feet tall, with a healthy solid trunk..