the tree is older than you are
and you might find stories
in its branches.
– Jennifer Clement, from "Lemon Tree"
Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Since it is Arbor Day as well, I've chosen "Lemon Tree" as my #PocketPoem. You can find it in its entirety HERE.
The Arbor Day Foundation is celebrating 50 years of planting and distributing nearly 500 million trees to more than 50 countries around the world.
The Heart of the Tree
– Henry Cuyler Bunner (1855-1896)
What does he plant who plants a tree?He plants a friend of sun and sky;He plants the flag of breezes free;The shaft of beauty, towering high;He plants a home to heaven anigh;For song and mother-croon of birdIn hushed and happy twilight heard—The treble of heaven's harmony—These things he plants who plants a tree.
What does he plant who plants a tree?He plants cool shade and tender rain,And seed and bud of days to be,And years that fade and flush again;He plants the glory of the plain;He plants the forest's heritage;The harvest of a coming age;The joy that unborn eyes shall see—These things he plants who plants a tree.
What does he plant who plants a tree?He plants, in sap and leaf and wood,In love of home and loyaltyAnd far-cast thought of civic good—His blessings on the neighborhood,Who in the hollow of His handHolds all the growth of all our land—A nation's growth from sea to seaStirs in his heart who plants a tree.
"Speaking With Trees" from Ocean to Ocean
Tori Amos talks about "Speaking With Trees" HERE.
"How Trees Secretly Talk to Each Other in the Forest"
April 2: Hans Christian Andersen
April 4: Joseph Campbell and Fabien Weibel
April 5: Salvador Dalí and Pilobolus
April 6: Jacob Nordby and Talking Animals
April 8: Amit Ray and Yehuda Amichai
April 9: Frances Hodgson Burnett
April 11: John Burroughs and Stunts Amazing
April 12: Beverly Cleary
April 13: Lee Bennett Hopkins and Judy Collins
April 16: Donna Tartt and Micah
April 18: Yasunari Kawabata and Alexander Mercks
April 21: Hayao Miyazaki and Huang Yi
April 24: Victor Hugo and Eugène Carrière
April 26: Edith Wharton and Valérian Desterne
April 27: Rumi and Paul Smith
It's hard to believe tomorrow is the last day of April. (I guess I was able to manage a full month of daily posts after all!) Jone Rush MacCulloch is hosting our final Poetry Friday roundup of National Poetry Month 2022 and sharing her beautiful, meditative poem from IMPERFECT II. See you there!