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Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Eldest

If there is time for another pilgrimage

On my journey Westward
I would like to go to California
To meet with and visit some very special very old personalities.

No

Not in Hollywood
The souls I would like to encounter
Are those of trees…

Bristlecone Pine Trees
To be specific

Sometimes called Joshua trees
Or Methuselah trees


They can be found in
Joshua Tree State Park
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
And Inyo National Forest

Among other places




Photo courtasy of the US Forest Service

The Tree in this picture
Was already over 3,000 years old
On the day Jesus was born

The oldest Bristlecone Pine (estimated to be between 12,000 and 14,000 years old)
Is the oldest living inhabitant of this planet

Pictures of this tree are not available
As scientists are unwilling to reveal which is the oldest
Fearing that souvenir hunters will kill it

Scientists are interested in these trees because they do not grow old
In fact they still produce pinecones and seeds with a viability equal too that of a young tree.

There is the distinct possibility that if their habitat remains and they are not killed by man, that these trees will live virtually
Forever

They have survived jungle like conditions, floods, and years of drought, desert conditions, grazing animals…
They lived through an ice age; they witnessed the coming and the going of the Native Americans

They have survived fallout from the testing of Atomic bombs in Nevada
Showing no signs of ill effect from the high doses of radiation

So while millions of others
Make their pilgrimage to Anaheim
And it's bright promise for adventure on "Mr Toads Wild Ride"
Or the sights and sounds of "Main Street USA"…

My trip will instead be
A pilgrimage to this place
So that I may touch with my own hands
Speak
Commune
Experience
The very somber and noble presence
Of the Earth’s oldest living inhabitants.

5 comments:

Lydia said...

So amazing, amazing. Touch them for me too, please.

Echo said...

I have seen these and been too intimidated to touch them. I regret this and now that I think about it I wonder why.
good post!

Honour said...

And - how did the pilgrimage go? what did the trees tell you?

human being said...

one of the things i really love to touch is a tree... when i touch wood, i feel connected...

old trees are regarded sacred among people... in Iran some people have a kind of belief that such trees can help them to achieve their dreams... they tie a small cloth band to their branches as they tell their wishes to them...

what amazes me is the way they connect themselves to the cosmic energy through these trees...

reading your post again meant a lot to me because recently our government has cut two of these ancient trees just to fight superstition!!!

and our oldest tree is a 4500-year cypress tree in Yazd:

http://www.iran-daily.com/1386/2926/html/art.htm

human being said...

and this:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fa/3/38/Abarkuh_sarv2.JPG