The Sense of a Tree

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”        William Butler Yeats


How to tune our ears to hear

the dialogue between trees,

the language underneath the leaves,

the hidden roots that grieve and breathe

and speak to others living near.


Or sharpen eyes to truly see—

to know and fully comprehend

a bud that turns to leaf, and then

the magic when it turns again

to gold, upon an aspen tree.


To feel the miracle of tree

like a child who has no words—

a tree that reaches heavenward

and shares the secrets of the earth,

a tree that’s waiting patiently,

firm as rock—and trembling.





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