The Faith of Trees

English: Bare Trees. Portland, Oregon.

The trees wearing only bare branches
Are nonetheless clothed in their winter best.
And we in our finery hide away
From the beating of winter’s cold.

Behind warm cotton and fleece,
Mittens, hats and scarves
We brace for battle.
But the trees bare themselves –
Exposed and accepting
Of winter’s blows.

Even protected by our armor
We fold into ourselves
Hunch our shoulders and
cower down shivering.

But the trees stand tall.

And we watch for their cue.
When sap begins rising and buds awaken,
We shed our winter fur
And welcome the spring
As if all along
We were confident
Of its return.

December 2010

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15 Responses to The Faith of Trees

  1. magsx2 says:

    What a beautiful poem, it explains the feelings of people as well as the trees themselves, very nice.

  2. Beautifully said.
    And I for one am waiting, not so patiently I might add.

    For the departure of the winter scene
    and the arrival of the springtime green
    when the weather is much less the mean
    and the sun invites us all to dream.

  3. James Brandon O'Shea says:

    You write with a beautiful voice. Thank you for sharing.

  4. danroberson says:

    When I read what you write I can feel your power flowing. Your connection to nature is strong.

  5. I love your poem, being very fond of and sensitive to the energy of trees. What beloved teachers they are! I like how you describe them as undaunted…

  6. What a lovely poem! I see we both share a love for nature. I find so much peace and serenity being amid the trees. I love trees even without their leaves. Thanks for sharing.

  7. We do take our cues from nature and the seasons.

    A lovely nature song here. Thank you.

    Jamie Dedes

  8. zannyro says:

    I looked out the window, and with the breeze, they are nodding in agreement with you.

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