Saturday, June 4, 2022

Tonquin Guardian


photo by Christine Lowther

Forests are peopled with trees.
From baby sprouts to wise old
Grandfather Cedar,
all are in a state of either
Becoming or Enduring.
Much like us.

Listen to the song of this old tree,
and he will teach you
how to live.

He will whisper to you
of roots and tree-tops,
earth and sky,
and of your inter-connectedness
to All That Is.
He will tell you the secret
of how to live with
the natural world,
with respect, nurturing life,
doing no harm.
Giving back.
Like a tree.

When the West Wind croons
through his branches
and the riversong joins in,
listen to their song, and remember:
We are air.
We are water.
We are trees.

An older poem for earthweal's open link.


  1. Beautiful - trees can teach us so much about life. Their roots one deep, but they endure much. They teach us interdependence & give and give and give.... I love the last stanza.

  2. a state of either
    Becoming or Enduring... well said... makes me wonder about myself...

  3. Beautiful and filled with the wisdom of years. The wonderment of "We are"

  4. From Helen in Bend ~~ Like you, I’ve had a life long love for trees. It hurts every time I see one destroyed. We should never ignore the restorative power of trees.

  5. Based on a comparison found in Deuteronomy 20:19, humans are said to be like trees. Human beings have roots (lineage, heritage), bear fruit (good deeds), give shade (comfort) to others, etc.


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