(or, Some things you may not have considered)Woodman, spare that tree!
Touch not a single bough!
In youth it sheltered me,
And I’ll protect it now… George Pope Morris (1837)
All right, fine, I’ll harm it not!
Although it’s clearly got the rot.
You needn’t threaten me–I’ll go!
But first, there’s something you should know:
When comes a storm, this tree will fall
Upon your house, and crush you all:
Your mother, father, sisters too,
Will all be dead because of you.
Image: collage of Stately Dilapidation by Flickr user Tom Gill.