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dVerse OLN — Redemption

“Damaged Tree in Front Yard of Felt Property,” taken 091620

This tree had seen its fair share of misery long before lightning or disease disfigured it. It is unknown how old it was when Felt mansion was completed in 1928. It is known that within months of the mansion’s completion Mrs. Felt died in her bedroom not 50 feet away from the tree. It is known that her husband died only 18 months after her.

Less than 25 years after their deaths the Felt family sold the mansion to an orphanage. After that, the State of MI used it as part of its prison system. At some point it was abandoned to the ravages of time. Did the tree draw the residual darkness from the humans to itself and become a willing sacrificial scapegoat?

These days, the mansion has been restored.  Happy events like weddings and graduation parties take place. Disc golf groups roam the green of the grounds. A solar array near it creates energy for the community. The tree and the small shrine at the bottom of the hill serve as reminders to what was.

Moving beyond, to
glory days that never were –
maimed wood’s redemption.

“Small Shrine at Bottom of the Hill,” image taken 091620

Bjorn is today’s host for dVerse’ Open Link Night.

Learn more about The Felt Mansion here.

40 thoughts on “dVerse OLN — Redemption

  1. You conjure so much here, just as that gnarly old tree did over the years. Easy to poetically seduce me with this, my friend… I’ve been a confirmed tree hugger for many years now!

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  2. That is a fantastic tree with a dark story to tell! I’m pleased the building has a happier use now – but I agree it’s important to remember the darker past. We have an abandoned building with a chequered history close to where we live: perhaps I will write about it sometime.

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  3. Great to see you at the live OLN. But such a shame you didn’t get to read, Lisa. What an amazing tree you wrote about, and the history of Felt Mansion is so interesting. Is there an answer to the question, ‘Did the tree draw the residual darkness from the humans to itself and become a willing sacrificial scapegoat?’

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    1. 🙂 Thanks, Kim. I’m not real hepped about reading to a group. The closest to it has been recording myself on soundcloud for a few poems. I can’t imagine a more receptive group than the folks at dverse so I’ll do it and hopefully get better at it with practice.

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  4. So much here between the lines. In my view this is the Jesus Tree, standing up to the darkness, absorbing sin and evil, and still standing, its scars a testament
    to its sacrifices. Making way for the rebirth of this place; heavy-duty analogy.

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  5. I love that tree, there’s a section on the left that looks like the top of a head and two shoulders and an arm – a human trying to get out. It has seen and “felt” much. (couldn’t make the live).

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    1. You can’t see it in the photo, but the whole center of the top has been blasted out, which made me think of a bolt of lightning from the heavens. If I get back there (very likely) I’ll be sure to get at shot of it from that angle.


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