Monday, April 23, 2012

A poem....


What do we plant?
~Henry Abbey~


What do we plant when we plant the tree?
We plant the ship which will cross the sea.
We plant the mast to carry the sails.
We plant the planks to withstand the gales,
The keel, the keelson, the beam, the knee.
We plant the ship when we plant the tree.


What do we plant when we plant the tree?
We plant the houses for you and me.
We plant the rafters, the shingles, the floors.
We plant the studding, the lath, the doors,
The beams and siding, all parts that be.
We plant the house when we plant the tree.


What do we plant when we plant the tree?
A thousand things that we daily see.
We plant the spire that out-towers the crag.
We plant the staff for our country's flag.
We plant the shade from the hot sun free.
We plant all these when we plant the tree.

25 comments:

  1. Bonjour dear Denise,
    I love your posts with beautiful thoughts, poems and adorable pictures!This one is perfect!
    hugs and a nice week
    Léia

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  2. Wonderful poem and photos ! Have a great day !

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  3. Wonderful post! In a way it made me sad though....you know, the idea of planting the tree just to use. I love real wood things, though so I guess I'm a hypocrite! :-)

    I wish you could get out this way some time. Let me know, and we'll meet at the Sonora Desert Museum! :-)

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  4. A truly lovely post, Denise. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Wonderful shots and great words.

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  6. Lovely photos and lovely verse too Denise.

    I also very much enjoyed seeing all your birds on the earlier post, great captures. The Grackle has amazing colours in its plumage!

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  7. Such a lovely poem Denise and I don't remember hearing of it before. How many of us would think beyond just growing the newly planted tree. Lovely pictures too. A x

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  8. oh I love this. and perfect for Earth Day yesterday.
    xxx

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  9. lovely!
    apologies for not being here in a while

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  10. Very nice poem contain many good thoughts. I would add that we plant the future when we plant a tree! Love the photos. Nicely put together!

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  11. I love it. Perhaps we should be planting two trees. One to use, one to grow...

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  12. Denise,A great poem to celebrate Arbor Day!

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  13. Love this, Denise. We do sometimes take trees for granted, don't we?

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  14. Lovely pleasant shots Denise with blue and green. Just right.

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  15. Beautiful poem, Denise and gorgeous tree photos!

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  16. I like the way you illustrated this poem.

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  17. I`m loving this poem - hope you don`t mind if I copy it x And
    Thank you [ you know what for xx]

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  18. An older time poem that clicked satisfyingly and made metronome sense we long for today. . .

    nice post


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  19. Those wonderful early spring trees do look like ships to me, somehow. Lovely photos!

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  20. Beautiful poem and photographs.

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  21. Nice poem, and good reminder of the importance of a simple tree.

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