When I Am Among Trees

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When I Am Among Trees

Post by Bosque » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:40 am

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks, and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often,
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."

The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, "It's simple,"
they say, "and you, too, have come
into the world to do this, to go easy,
to filled with light, and to shine."

Mary Oliver

This is one of my favorite poems. Mary Oliver has so many wonderful nature poems, including others about trees and forests.

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Re: When I Am Among Trees

Post by Matt Markworth » Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:44 pm

This is great, thanks so much for sharing. I'll try to read some more of her poems.

It makes me think of a particular forest in town. The entrance has a narrow one lane road with towering sycamores that begin their upward journey right next to the road, as if to declare that the space is taken and the road must not be widened. Upon driving in there is almost an involuntary response to take a very deep breath and then whatever was left behind melts away.


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Re: When I Am Among Trees

Post by Don » Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:34 pm

May we all have such places!
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