Friday, November 1, 2013

I think that I shall never see...

...A poem as lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest 
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,  
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.


by Joyce Kilmer

When I get old, I'm going to be a tree hugger.  I can already feel the draw. One morning while I was walking down the street in our neighborhood, I happened upon an elderly woman who had her arms wrapped around the trunk of a huge heritage oak on the roadside. I snickered to myself at the time, thinking the poor soul had lost her marbles.  As I approached her, she caught a glance of me, and quickly released the tree and walked off, not saying a word. A week later, the giant oak was brutally dismembered and chopped to the ground to make way for a power line.  I had to admit, it was tragic.

The hacienda is surrounded by giant redwoods. Though most of them are in my neighbors' adjoining yards, I nevertheless get to enjoy their great beauty. They make me smile and I am humbly reminded of their noble purpose here on our tiny piece of the universe. The air on this crisp November morning is magnificent, and I am thankful.

Good morning, sunshine...





Laurel. Feeling the quiet.

5 comments:

  1. Thank you, Laurel, for the reminder to admire the beauty with which God has surrounded us! Already, my thoughts are changing from 'oh, leaves are dying...' to ''oooooh, look at the gorgeous colors! Thank you!
    Kathy Sherman

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  2. Oh I already am a tree hugger and it keeps me busy the farm is full of trees so much hugging so little time:) B

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  3. Trees are among the best of things. I had a tree I talked with when I was little. That tree was an excellent listener.

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  4. Thanks Laurel! So beautiful and inspiring!

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