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Thank you, Trees.

tall trees with lane between them
Thank you, Peter H. from Pixabay for this image.

“Thank You, Trees” by Joan Y. Edwards

I like the poem “Trees” by Alfred Joyce Kilmer. I have to admit, I always thought Joyce Kilmer was a lady. That’s why I added his first name as the author.


by Alfred Joyce Kilmer 


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear.
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

(Public Domain)

One of my favorite books is Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree:

Isobella Jade, mother of a baby boy, Phoenix, revised the book. She added what each of us wish the tree had said back to “boy” in the book. She tells about it in her blog.

Isobella Jade’s Revision of The Giving Tree: http://phoenixbabybookclub.blogspot.com/2013/02/i-edited-giving-tree-for-my-son-so-that.html?spref=tw 

Imagine what the following pictures would look like, if everyone treated trees like the boy in that story. I cried when I passed a section on Randolph Road in Charlotte, NC where they were chopping down trees. It was over an embankment. I couldn’t see the machinery, but I saw the tree tops tilt and heard them fall. It was like they were saying to me:

“We wanted you to save us. Save us. Save us. Now you’re too late. Too late. Too late.”

There are cities, towns, and villages that make provisions to preserve trees for parks. Thank you for doing that. I wish I had the money to purchase the land that has trees on it and make stipulations that they never be all cut down or sold for development. I’ve never set up a fund in my bank account to save money for this venture. I haven’t put my money where my mouth is. I do pray that people will be good stewards with trees and preserve as many of them as they can. I do the best I can to protect and preserve the trees on my property.

Thank a tree near you today. You’ll breathe better. They put off oxygen for your to breathe. Breathe on trees. The carbon dioxide you exhale helps them grow.

Plant a tree in memory of a family member or friend. Plant a tree to honor someone who helped you in life. Plant a tree to celebrate your birthday, wedding day, or anniversary. Plant a tree to say, “Thank you, Trees.”

Trees shelter houses from the grueling sun.

Trees survive the coldest weather.

Trees provide shelter away from the sun in public places.

Trees make good shelter for animals to hide.

Trees make beautiful scenery to see in person or in pictures.

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Share your favorite poems and stories about trees.

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Joan Y. Edwards, Author
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