Ode to a fallen Silver Lake eucalyptus tree

Fallen eucalyptus in Echo Park

Author and Silver Lake resident Janet Fitch has written a poem about an enormous backyard eucalyptus tree that fell during last week’s windstorm.  Here are a few lines from “Tribute to a Fallen Giantess”:

Trees fall
and there is change.
A death, much like our own.

And we too will leave
a hole in our own backyard world
sun and sky where once
a great tree plumed.
A hundred feet
of shimmering fragrant grayish-green
the twisting limbs
of a sensual giantess.

Read the complete poem at Fitch’s blog. (h/t L.A. Observed)


  1. In these neighborhoods you can pretty much predict that the residents will write GOOD poetry, and this poem supports my premise!

  2. One of my favorite authors. Nice to know she lives in the neighborhood. Thank you for posting, Eastsider!

  3. a sensual giantess

  4. This is a stunningly beautiful poem, and well worth clicking on the blog link to read it.

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