Old Tjikko is a near 10,000 year old tree in Sweden, it's a Norway spruce. It has managed to live so long because it is a clonal tree. Above is a picture of it.
Any Norway spruce has roamed
a long journey northward
since the ice melted;
in an advancement of might,
these pines have scaled mountains.
Though I do not want to live
for 10,000 years, my bark purpled
and lichened with the scars of eternity.
We have no books for the history
that Old Tjikko records: layers
of the past are timbered
into the vessels and fibres
of a slow decay: at first, stunted
by a glacial harshness,
where time does not heal all things -
it is rather the gradual muscling
of endurance, to raise
its own green sail over an ocean
of stone. And these trees
have seen the evolution
of red squirrel and little goldcrest,
creatures who have climbed
the millenia of their ladders
of branches, who now linger
in the spirit of a wood.
Old Tjikko does not have a forest
to break the heavy fall
of thundered rains, as wounded
as a harrowed field, and yet here,
its threadbare soul remains.
Image is from here: https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Old-Tjikko-2011-07-19-001.jpg#mw-jump-to-license
Also on Twitter: https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1872_Schischkin_Pinienwald_anagoria.JPG