. Poet Tree Legacy: The Saga Begins is a 14-chapter narrative poem. In this excerpt, the adolescent hero Abelbee, who has to venture deep into the Great Wood to find wise Vallenbee, arrives at Vallenbee’s Place. Abel finds an unbound scroll on a desk. It’s a poem that Vallenbee wrote to remember his own father, Victorbee. I come again to Poet Tree to write, to pass my father’s wisdom—share his light. His voice now speaks, yet only through my pen and with each crafted stroke, he lives again. Is there a worse, more powerless frustration than longing for another conversation with those remaining speechless now forever? I write so that his words we may remember: . “Why Boast?” a double sonnet writ by Victorbee: My son, I’ve noticed that you’re prone to boast, as if our honey-craft was something learned. And here again, your cup is raised to toast yourself with praises that you haven’t earned. So listen well and let’s look all around: How can the beavers build without a tool? Who writes the birds their song and gives them sound and loads the spider’s loom and spindle spool? Who lullabies the bear to wintry sleep and then awakens him upon the hour? Who schools the squirrels on what to leave or keep and flavors flowers to be sweet or sour? So do not boast about a given skill, as if a porcupine who flaunts his quill. Why boast as if the syrup comes from you? Do you produce the honey on your own? Please show to me the nectar that you grew. See, nothing on this earth does it alone. Without the soil, seeds cannot take root. Without the sun and rain, no sprouting seed. Without the sprout, no flower’s nectar loot. Without the nectar, there’s no honeybee. Were you the one who heated up the sun to lead the orchestra of bud’s rebirth? Was it your voice that riled rivers to run and fixed the mix to fertilize the earth? Was it the soil's choice to house the seed? Or does the water fuel the land by chance? And does the sun bring heat for its own need? A wise Designer’s seen at every glance. My son, please see the foolishness it is to boast and claim the praise that’s rightly His. . . Michael Pietrack is a writer, businessman, and former baseball player who resides in Colorado.