The February sky turns to the soft pastel colors of the days end as the big blue truck delivers me to the open field near my day job. The site is actually an abandoned strip mine that’s transformed into anindustrial park. Rabbits and deer now run where the heavy equipment once shook the earth. On occasion we even see coyotes prowling the broom sedge and lespedeza. Countless songbirds hide in the scrubby bushes that dot the old mine. Rising from the sea of dry grasses this little Virginia Pine stands out as a lone sentinel observing the rebirth of the forest. When I first spotted it it was just tall enough to stand out from the rest of the vegetation and year after year it grows stronger. Last year it even survived a tornado! And I’m glad it’s still there because it gives me sense of peace and solitude to see it silhouetted against the sky immune from the sirens and chaos of the city below. Just beyond the horizon and below the mountains in the background major interstate highways buzz with the sounds of the passing engines but here beneath the twisted branches of a lone pine all you can hear is the birds singing and the wind blowing along with your innermost thoughts and dreams of what might be.
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