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Gracie's Maple

Over the years we have watched the limb-by-limb deconstruction of the old maple tree on Gracie's Loop, each stage presenting a new sculpture. It now stands with no leafed branches, but still a work of art. The majesty of this great tree takes me back to one of the first poems I ever read: "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the sweet earth's flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree. We'll ride through Gracie's maple on our ride Tuesday night from Ascutney Trails' main trailhead on Ski Tow Rd - meet at 5:45, ride at 6:00

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