25 Years Protecting the Places You Love:
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Bear-Paw Regional Greenways is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust with a mission to permanently conserve a network of lands that protects our region’s water, wildlife habitat, forests, and farmland.
An American Elegy
We go back to not dying,
wherever we fall is the beginning --
an allée of elms planted to create
a lace of sunlight and shadow.
What separates branches from wind
in designing their dance? Nothing.
We carry our own seasons wondering
when we will have wept enough.
We crave the cheerfulness of a park,
the feathered voices of children.
We know we are not brave but ordinary.
We hold our breath and listen
for our common language,
the murmur under the hum.
An American Elegy is by Grace Mattern, one of Bear-Paw's Board members. Grace has published two poetry books and she writes columns on social justice issues, in nonprofit publications, and as a member of the Board of Contributors of The Concord Monitor.
Grace first shared An American Elegy during Bear-Paw's virtual Breakfast fundraiser this spring.