Sometime between Friday morning 10/31 and Monday morning 11/3 the entire contents of the Poetry Tree disappeared. Several explanations present themselves as possibilities. It was a very windy, snowy, weekend, so perhaps the laminated sheets and the poems in plastic sleeves were blown away. It’s also possible that the Commonwealth’s Department of Conservation and Recreation decided that the tree should not serve as a bulletin board for poetry. A third possibility is that the same individual who tore down the first poems posted in 2012 has returned and has once again stripped the tree of its poetry. I believe that the most likely explanation is the third and regret that the individual who so acted was not willing to enter into a dialogue about his/her feelings about the tree or poetry rather than unilaterally removing poems which were daily enjoyed by dozens of walkers, runners, bikers, etc. The Poetry Tree will return later this week with renewed hope that it will survive.