Imagine the sorrow
of losing a 100-year-old tree
that marked the front yard of your home.
What a wonderful decision
to preserve its place in the neighborhood,
transforming its massive trunk
into a work of art . . .
hand carved and reincarnated
into a legendary griffin.
griffins are known through the ages
for guarding treasures, kingdoms
and priceless treasures . . .
like this home on Rock Hill Road
in the "historic walk" section
of Webster Groves, Missouri.