In the spirit of autumn, here’s a fun little poem about a child standing under a tree and asking it questions. Trees are all around us and add great natural beauty to any setting, yet we rarely stop to truly look at them. Next time you see a beautiful autumnal tree, take a moment to stand under it and look up into the wonder of its branches.
Tell Me Tree…
Tell Me Tree…
Do you remember the day that you came to be?
Can you tell me about growing from seed to tree?
What can you see from on high up there?
Do you treat your leaves as I would my hair?
How many things have you seen come and go?
Do you prefer summer’s sun or winter’s snow?
What is it like to drink in the rain?
When you lose a limb do you feel pain?
How deep below are your roots lying?
What are your thoughts on death and dying?
Do you compare yourself to other trees?
Do you look at their knots, their scars, their leaves?
Do you know each of your own leaves individually?
Do you pick at your bark when no one can see?
What would you say if you could talk?
Where would you go if you could walk?
How do you celebrate your birthday without cake?
If you counted your rings how long would it take?
What makes the noise, you or the wind?
Do you feel sad when your leaves are thinned?
Have you ever at all been climbed?
When birds nest in your branches do you mind?
Have you ever fallen in love?
Do you spend your days looking at the clouds above?
Is it possible for a tree to be bold?
I wonder what secrets you have and you hold.
The inspiration behind this post is Peter Wohlleben’s book The Hidden Life of Trees. This book is definitely one that I want to read myself this autumn. I love books like these that change your perception of the world around you.
Are trees social beings? How do trees live? Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings? In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben makes the case that the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. A walk in the woods will never be the same again.
Happy autumn everyone!