38 thoughts on “the Humility of trees

  1. wunderwench says:

    Lovely. Reminded me of this – “O to confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do” ~ Whitman.

  2. kalabalu says:

    Trees in line.but not in group, teaches us what perspective means..yes a view..those in front seems bigger than those can end..yet when we diminish the distance in between..we realize..what we see.is not real..not as we see.but where we see it from..how we position our view..trees teach us one lesson so true..they are not vanishing ..nor are getting small..yep..its well known fact..our eyes must see in perspective everywhere :)) very nice line up πŸ˜‰ and does 20 lines include the trees ?

  3. E.D. says:

    i adore trees.. hate to see them cut down..

    • hi E.D. and a very warm welcome to you. gee, it’s so coincidental that you said this
      because not more than 330 minutes ago, i came upon a decades old tree cut down.
      it’s incredibly sad, it must have been 3′ wide, just a magnificent tree….

      • E.D. says:

        hmmm. yes. We had a row of wonderful old boundary trees on a talous – a French spelling for mound. They destroyed the field next to us, built the most ugly estate, the idiot owners of these horrible homes, cut down the old, old, trees.. they hacked them down without even a by your leave. I was heart broken for two years… Luckily for me I have others. It took us two years to repair our garden… I dislike the French who are really big into cutting down trees..


      • hi eve and a very warm welcome to you. well that just sounds awful,
        i’m very sorry to hear that. did your existing garden lose its shade?
        is that why it needed repair because that happened to me as well.

      • E.D. says:

        no. It was our boundary line and the structure to our garden.. (We thought the trees were community owned.) We had bought the house due to it being out in the country or it appeared that way.. We had no idea an estate could cause such an upset.. It is ugly and out of place, not in keeping with the area.. But the French can make many a cock-up with design.. Not all French people have style.. I am sorry to say.


      • ‘It is ugly and out of place, not in keeping with the area’

        i live in Chicago and there are instances of this everyday,
        where beautiful turn of the century houses are being replaced
        with oversized, poorly designed architectural disasters heh, i
        can assure you the French do not corner the market on bad taste.lol!

      • E.D. says:

        β€œWhen we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the
        quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an
        incomparable joy.”

        I am going to post next on trees.. Probably using Hermon Hesse,s – Trees. Well, next week anyway, i have posted enough this week.. eve

      • ty for that beautiful quote from Hesse,
        one of my favorite writers from my youth.
        i will be looking forward to your post E.D.
        and i’m so glad we connected.

  4. Noora says:

    “Patient silhouettes” – I wish I wrote this πŸ™‚ Great work, my friend.

    • ty Noora, i switched to the word ‘patient’ just before posting,
      i originally wrote ‘silent’. and that’s what i love about this form,
      that one word can make such a profound difference.

  5. Gorgeous! Your haiku are just exquisite

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  7. SirenaTales says:

    lovely…and quietly triumphant, my friend. xo

    • ‘quietly triumphant,’, well Chloe, you certainly have a gift for words,
      i like that description a lot, and though i wouldn’t have thought of that night
      in those terms, like always you extend the understanding of my own poetry, ty for that.

  8. Trees, for me, carry in their creation every definition ~protection, danger, kindle and sogginess etc.. they are, to me, veins with blood that flow from heaven to earth and vice versa… They are allegorical to a human Being– that’s Doing its work in purpose ~ Debbie

    • ‘They are allegorical to a human Being’, yes, i see this too Debbie. in fact, this poem was titled defferently because i see the Eternal Father traits in trees, patient, resolute, soothing our fears. i changed the title and focus because i’m not finished exploring this yet, i think i have more to write about it than a Haiku.

  9. Such a beautiful post. Well done!

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