Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tree Wisdom

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A wise old tree whispered
to me recently
that it is essential, now,
to move from
our heads to our hearts,
to connect our hearts' rhythm
to the ancient heartbeat
of Mother Earth.


"Align your limbs,"

she murmured,
"to feel calm and centered.
When the harsh winds blow,
grow still.

Plant your roots deeply,
so you can weather
the North Wind's
blast of cold.

"From this place of love,
be at one
with all of life.
Unfurl your branches,
Raise them high.
Reach and grow.
Embrace each year,
each circle
on your trunk
with gratitude.

Open your eyes 
to Beauty.
Open your heart
To Wonder.

"Rest your weary head
upon earth's mossy pillow.
Gaze at clouds,
at stars.
Listen to Mother Earth's
song of love
for all  creation.
Love her back,
with every beat
of your heart."


This is part of a poem I wrote for a challenge recently,  at Real Toads. As I used only a few words from this for the challenge, I offer it here, as I am under the weather tonight, and at least I'm posting Something.

37 comments:

  1. What beautiful and wise sentiments, Sherry. I do think we must listen to Mother Earth...and also love her back along with all creation!

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  2. Hi, Sherry, This would play well in the "What is Love? challenge too. Feel better! There's a very neat self-interview posted by Izzy in the Garden when you feel up to it!

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  3. "Align your limbs,"
    she murmured,
    "to feel calm and centered.
    When the harsh winds blow,
    grow still.
    Plant your roots deeply,
    so you can weather
    the North Wind's
    blast of cold.


    Sigh...

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  4. The tree is truly wise. Thank you for sharing his wisdom with us Sherry. i hope you feel better. My positive thoughts are with you.

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  5. The tree voice is so calming!
    Get well soon!

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  6. Beautiful Sherry! I think we could take that poem and make 10 more ;D
    Take it easy and rest~

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  7. I love this wisdom from the tree...they have many life lessons to share with us. I could tell it came straight from your heart...very powerful too. Feel better soon my friend. Warm hug...

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  8. Love is threaded through this piece...

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  9. Align your limbs...love that. The whole piece is a mantra...It would be a beautiful spoken word piece.

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  10. Visiting once again for Poetry Pantry, Sherry. So much wisdom in this. This time I think about the verse about planting roots deeply so that we can weather winter's storm. Important, I think, to dig in while we can!

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  11. Sherry, I am always impressed at how you make us see how connected to Nature we are, or should be.

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  12. I talk to the trees. That's why they locked me away.

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  13. Thank you for bringing this voice of ancient wisdom to us Sherry...

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  14. Hope you feel better soon.
    Hope the Earth feels better soon as well. Some hope.

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  15. Open your eyes
    to Beauty.
    Open your heart
    To Wonder.

    That's perfect Mary! Just open up to the goodness of beauty. Wonderful write!

    Hank

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  16. We should definitely pay more attention to the trees - they are a good sign as to how healthy our environment is. Nothing worse than the sight of sickly trees.

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  17. there is so much to learn from trees...i like hte wisdom you captured...root deep....keep your arms reaching...hold others loosely as they nest....you gotta listen to the trees to understand, you know....smiles.

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  18. Rest your head and recover in the bower of this wisdom - Lovely poem

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  19. The wise old tree whispered...and you listened!

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  20. I am glad to see this again. Had we a choice--would we rather be slaughtered as a human or as a tree? Where did that question come from? Your poem--now you'll see how cray I am--made me think of the Little Mermaid. What people/fish/trees do for love. Let us become trees if we can.

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  21. Sherry - first hope you are feeling better and second - loved this from the title on - such good advice that I need at this moment - thanks - K

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  22. beautiful as always, meditative.

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  23. Sweet song from the tree... sung in a beautiful voice such as yours.
    ZQ

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  24. Open your eyes
    to Beauty.
    Open your heart
    To Wonder.

    Yes ! even small wonders of Nature can make us feel her greatness... Mother Nature..she loves us all... :-)

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  25. Oh, this is so beautiful and comforting...I especially love the last stanza. When I feel weary, being out in the woods is so calming. Lovely poem!

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  26. So important now to connect to nature... Its leaving and we can barely live without... Loved your poem!

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  27. I love that message to love her back, with every beat of your heart ~

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  28. Mother Nature, oh how I love her. (being raised on Smurfs and Captain Planet of the 80s and 90s, I have a special place in my heart for her and what she stands for). Good one Sherry!

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  29. so true we have to respect nature ...what a lovely message..beautiful sherry:)

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  30. Feel better Sherry! You speak so eloquently about nature and the movement of our souls--such a moving piece!

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  31. I love how you personified the tree to give us this beautiful message. To be one with nature and give/receive love .... so calming & peaceful, Sherry.

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  32. "to move from our heads to our hearts" Beautiful message Sherry....Nature is always so comforting, even when we forget to love our mother earth back. :) Lovely write and hope you feel better soon.

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  33. totally agree with you on the last stanza.
    hope you are feeling better.

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  34. Love the wisdom of your tree, but then, you had to know I would...still struggling with all the poems, but inching my way through it,

    Elizabeth

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  35. This is so beautifully true! 'Open your eyes to Beauty. Open your heart to Wonder.' It feels as if your heart just spoke to mine. . . We belong to Mother Earth! I really enjoyed reading your words :)

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