The importance of trees, part one | Front Porch | Indy Week
Pin It

The importance of trees, part one 

The lights started coming back slowly at first--a twinkle from the school here, the flicker of a neighbor's television or backyard spot there. But with the winds of the last couple of weeks, they've rushed back into view. Now they're unmistakable.

The trees, the deciduous ones at least, are dormant now--even the poplars, this year's holdouts, have let go of their leaves. They are done shielding us from indications that just beyond the woods behind us there are a thousand houses, and just beyond them--up that big hill that used to lead to the chapel at New Hope--a whole teeming town.

Now, each night we can see the yellow sulfur-vapor tones that mark the edge of the school parking lot, the angle of a church steeple dotted with blue and the whole mass of neighbors doing whatever it is they do behind those windows that pour light onto their backyards.

It's not going to last, though, thanks to our arboreal friends. Last spring, I watched the lights, and the villages to the north, slowly fade away as if each night fewer and fewer of them were turned on. Now the leaves that painted out traces of civilization are turning, falling and revealing what in spring and summer they so elegantly obscured.

I've never needed an excuse to be a tree hugger, but if I did this would surely be a good one.

Rest up, friends. Spring is just around the corner. And then, thank goodness, it'll be lights out.

Latest in Front Porch

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Front Porch

  • One vote

    • Nov 12, 2014
  • Box of one

    Was I paying to be helped or to feel important, a bona fide expert on only myself?
    • Sep 24, 2014
  • The Old South (Hills)

    The Old South (Hills)

    • Sep 17, 2014
  • More »


Twitter Activity

Comments

'Anna Lee' is a truly beautiful song, Ms Dossett. And I love Levon Helm's rendition. You are blessed with a …

by Byron Miller on A song for Levon (Front Porch)

Just now seeing this....Liz and I were super close friends in the early 80s. She was so special. I had …

by RoBert 1 on In memoriam: Liz Holm, 1959–2013 (Front Porch)

Most Read

  1. Won't Someone Please Think of the Drug Dealers? (Letters to the Editor)
  2. Unchased Thoughts. (Peripheral Visions)

Most Recent Comments

'Anna Lee' is a truly beautiful song, Ms Dossett. And I love Levon Helm's rendition. You are blessed with a …

by Byron Miller on A song for Levon (Front Porch)

Just now seeing this....Liz and I were super close friends in the early 80s. She was so special. I had …

by RoBert 1 on In memoriam: Liz Holm, 1959–2013 (Front Porch)

Nobody will be surprised to learn that Hocutt never went to Nam. He was in the Navy but washed out …

by Jefflenter on Raleigh bad boy no more (Front Porch)

I see his concern. Yes, it was a well written story and showed his caring side for sure. But not …

by Linda Bates Terrell on Motorcycle men (Front Porch)

Follow-up to my "nervous mom" comment. The last coupe of weeks we have been in many situations with individuals that …

by paulapowers on Governor's School blues (Front Porch)

© 2017 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation