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Tree poetry

Hi all! This is Abhra and it’s my second night on poetics. Recently, I took a long road trip and as it seems, I am not back into my daily life yet. So here it tonight’s prompt, taking us out of our doors again.

Let us have a look outside our window. What do we see – a busy city, a narrow lane, a calm neighborhood, concrete jungle? How about trees? I am very sure some of us may be fortunate enough to see the greenery, when we open the window every day, but most are not.  This week I want us to write tree poetry.

Poets have been inspired to write about trees since a long time. I will start with a great example that I came across.

by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem 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.

Think Like a Tree
by Karen I. Shrag

Soak up the sun
Affirm life’s magic
Be graceful in the wind
Stand tall after a storm
Feel refreshed after it rains
Grow strong without notice
Be prepared for each season
Provide shelter to strangers
Hang tough through a cold spell
Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring
Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky
Be still long enough to
hear your own leaves rustling.

I am sure there are a lot many great examples like the two I mentioned. However, what I have in mind is slightly different. What if we were to live the life of trees? What tree would we become? How would our thoughts be? Can we think like a tree? Can we really live like a tree? So tonight, let us bring the trees to life with our powerful imagination.

Now, if you are new to Dversepoets, this is what you got to do.

  • Write a poem and post it to your site/blog.
  • Enter a link to your poem and your name by clicking Mr Linky below.
  • You will find links to other poets. Read and comment on other poet’s work.
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I took this photo at Longleat safari park – had to post process it a little to give the effect needed for visual art with my post tonight.

Thank you all. Have fun.