From A Japanese Maple

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Wordy Thursday with WildWoman – The Tree Sisters    (posted by Sherry)

“There is a women’s movement rising all over the world. Guided by Clare Dubois and her Board of Directors, in the U.K., Tree Sisters: Seeding for Change, aim to plant a billion trees world-wide this year, and they are well on their way.

Let’s plant some poetic trees: love in response to hate, compassion in response to suffering, hope in response to desolation. Tell us how you feel about trees, or perhaps one special tree you love. Or write about Mother Nature, and the effects of climate change. But let’s do it with hope, with determination, with the spirit of the women all over the world who are planting those billion trees, who are loving our world back into healing.”

Mahatma Gandhi said, “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

tree sprite

This poem is a Japanese maple
rising, a curving sculpture
of feathery auburn arms
swaying in the breeze.

This poem says, keep me trimmed;
do not allow my skirt to drag
on the ground. Downed trees
of illness and neglect lay all around.

This poem provides umbrellaed
shade on sunny days, a spot
for alighting birds, a beauty
that graces and enriches our lives.

This poem beseeches you
on behalf of sisters and brothers
planted throughout the world–
See me. I am important.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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6 Responses to From A Japanese Maple

  1. Sherry says:

    Sara, this is so perfectly lovely! I was without internet for a bit and just found your link. Thank you!


  2. “this poem” made me imagine it all.


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