Planting Pine Trees in the Backyard
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“Planting Pine Trees in the Backyard,” New Era, Aug. 1992, 20

Planting Pine Trees in the Backyard

Father’s hands

like knotted roots

teach me to plant

his burlap-balled

starter trees

as I dig holes

on the backyard hill

two feet down

in Cambrian stone

and white sand.

I use my hands

to plant pines

that will outlast me

through winters, reach up

between telephone wires,

the ringed years adding

circle on circle

for my posterity.

Photos by Eric Swenson