"The Maple's Lament" as written by and Laurie Lewis....
When I was alive the birds would nest upon my boughs 

And all through long winter nights, the storms would 'round me howl
And when the day would come, I'd raise my branches to the sun 

I was the child of earth and sky, and all the world was one

But now that I am dead, the birds no longer sing in me 

And I feel no more the wind and rain, as when I was a tree 

But bound so tight in wire strings, I have no room to grow 

And I am but the slave who sings, when master draws the bow

But sometimes from my memories I can sing the birds in flight 

And I can sing of sweet dark earth and endless starry nights 

But oh, my favorite song of all, I truly do believe 

Is the song the sunlight sang to me while dancing on my leaves

Lyrics submitted by mike, edited by forestchild

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    My InterpretationThis is from the point of view of a maple tree, remembering when it was alive, before it was made into a fiddle. No matter how beautiful the music that comes out of it now, the maple doesn't feel it was worth dying for, and feels as if it's now just a passive conduit for the music, instead of an active participant. It remembers all the things it used to be able to do and experience when it was still a tree.
    forestchildon September 17, 2014   Link

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