Though storms have blown its branches bare,
And vandals stripped them all away,
In Danvers, this resilient pear
Tree still produces fruit today.
When wind and drought and ice and snow
And insects hurt surrounding trees,
John Endicott's survived to grow
For nearly four more centuries.
It's weathered every kind of shock
From summer's heat to winter's chill,
But comes from very hardy stock
And so it stands there still.
––By Laura McGinnis, Agricultural Research Service