Do Not Make A Bonsai Of A Tree

You cannot make a bonsai of a mighty tree.

By pruning its spreading branches,

By trimming its luxuriant roots;

For it has known the glory of the heavens,

And the tender warmth of the living earth;

It can never become

A conversation piece in a bowl of china blue.

Do not try

To make a bonsai

Of a mighty tree.

It is better,

That the tree should die.