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.”
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.