A tree is our most intimate contact with nature. ― George Nakashima
A perpetual hybrid
with an indomitable bark
abated by cordate leaves and roots of deepened understanding.
Flowing, canopied shade for hugging and sheltering humans
rainbows of fruit, nuts, berries and seeds bolstering wildlife.
Dependable and constant as an evergreen
strong in adversity as a Northern Red Oak
yet inconspicuously fragrant as a Sensation Lilac.
Quaking Aspen relationships
as open as a Redbud…
and flowing like a Shirofugen Cherry
with variegated feelings
from a lightsome Dogwood
to weeping Cherry hardened from impermeable soil.
But always thriving in full sun
and evocative as the Magnolia.
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. ― Herman Hesse