Farewell, old sycamore
Trejbal is a Roanoke Times editorial writer. He is stationed at the paper’s New River Valley bureau.
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
Joyce Kilmer’s opening couplet is one of the most trite arboreal references in literature. It’s also one of the most famous, which is probably why it sprang to mind when Virginia Tech announced it would fell the sycamore on Henderson Lawn.
If all trees are lovely, that particular tree is special. But like all living things, time has caught up with it. Age and disease have taken their toll, and workers will remove it on Tuesday.