Snow drifts across a vertiginous Sierra Nevada,
a land of ice-capped mountains and blue lakes,
where vast expanses of panoramic wilderness,
shelter verdant tracts of endless, evergreen forest.
Stoic of elders, Methuselah, on a throne of soil
adorned by pine cones as nature’s ornaments
and needles of green for a cold winter’s coat,
ageless sentry of countless, wintertides past.
Brown bark flaking, a myriad of insects,
industrious bees thriving in a resinous domain,
hawks, jays and owls alive amongst branches,
red squirrels and bats call pines their home.
And as my fleeting years come to a close,
whorls of time watch saplings, timber lumber on,
my bleached bones now turned to dust,
a cycle of life outlived by the majesty of copse.
*Pines typically live for up to 1,000 years.The longest-lived is the Great Basin bristlecone pine, Pinus Longaeva. One individual of this species - Methuselah - is one of the oldest living organisms at around 4,800 years old. This tree can be found in the White Mountains of California.
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