Friday, September 22, 2017

The Trees Are Praying, Too

The Hanging Garden Tree
on the Tall Tree Trail,
Meares Island


Entering the peace 
of the forest,
a cathedral of giant cedar,
I incline my head,
bend towards 
the tender trunks.
I am attentive, 
listening.

In the silence. 
I feel an awareness,
a presence.
I sense the trees,
bending towards me
in return.
They are attentive, 
listening.

I am praying:
for the trees,
for the world,
for all the wild things.

And I can feel it :
the trees
are praying, too.


Te idea for this poem came from the book, The Global Forest, written by the forest sprite, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, who tells of an instance of communing with the trees.

I will share this with the Poetry Pantry at Poets United on Sunday morning. Do join us for some fine reading!


28 comments:

  1. I love the picture of the trees bending toward you. I can sense the prayerfulness of both the poet AND the trees. Lovely thoughts.

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  2. I love your words. We were so fortunate to have seen what we did. Now it is their turn. Hopefully...

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  3. Ah! just so lovely, we are all connected to nature, only we need to listen to her more patiently and lovingly.

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  4. They surely are wonderful, aware beings.

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  5. Hopefully all those prayers are answered!

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  6. Trees are wonderful beings. Yesterday we were out picking mushrooms - autumn can be wonderful.

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  7. Thank you for helping to raise the awareness of the need to protect the environment with this lovely poem.

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  8. I believe in your hands the trees truly do sing

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  9. I love the image of those trees bending towards us.. sigh.. Beautifully penned.

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  10. Very magnificent. I can picture the trees praying in my mind and it's grand for me. Amazing write!

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  11. You pray for the trees, the trees pray for you. I believe that's a mystical symbiosis. Amen.

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    1. I believe the trees are praying for the planet, and that humankind's consciousness will transform - soon.

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  12. Yes Sherry, great theme and insight too... I often think of all they've seen and has gone before them and how they know so much more than we do... Thanks again for such a knowingly sensitive write.

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  13. I concur, Sherry....
    And I can feel it :
    the trees
    are praying, too.... Loved this piece of poetry

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  14. I can feel the trees bending forward as the breeze carries your prayers out into the world.

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  15. It is a beautiful idea, that the trees are praying.

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  16. I love this poem. I think I would perish if I lived on a desert with no trees! Beautiful, Sherry.

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  17. I love this! Trees make me feel at peace. This poem is just beautiful!

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  18. I write so many poems about trees there's just something about them. So stoic and understanding. I loved your poem of course and I have felt it too, Sherry! You live in WA right? It's so pretty up there.

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    1. Opps! Canada. Don't know why I forgot that.

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  19. Trees are the guardians of the world and I pray with and for them too!

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  20. This is indeed a deeply spiritual poem Sherry.
    I remember visiting with a group the Wild Fowl Trust here in T&T in 2012. There were children in the group and the guide encouraged them [and us grownups] to hug the Paper Bark Tree

    happy Sunday

    much love...

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  21. Prayer is in session for all generations.
    Nice prayer Sherry.
    ZQ

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  22. I loved this prayerful communion with trees ... and in a forest cathedral ~ sigh ~ WONDER FULL.

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  23. I love the idea of trees chanting healing wonder into the world...

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  24. They meditate. In constant touch with their inner self.

    Should like to hope they pray for you and me, Sherry!

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