Maya Angelou’s ‘When Great Trees Fall’

Maya Angelou’s ‘When Great Trees Fall’

Originally posted on Peony Moon:

 
When Great Trees Fall
Maya Angelou
 
When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our…

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