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:

Cezar and Léia said...

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

Country Gal said...

Wonderful poem and photos ! Have a great day !

Marie said...

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! :-)

TexWisGirl said...

very nice, denise. :)

Linda said...

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

Out on the prairie said...

very nice Denise

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots and great words.

ShySongbird said...

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!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

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

Lois Evensen said...

How beautiful.

Lyn said...

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

John Gray said...

lovely!
apologies for not being here in a while

Kathie Brown said...

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!

The Elephant's Child said...

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

Jean said...

Denise,A great poem to celebrate Arbor Day!

Valerie said...

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

Roy said...

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

Icy BC said...

Beautiful poem, Denise and gorgeous tree photos!

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the way you illustrated this poem.

Janet said...

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

Cloudia said...

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

nice post


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Jenny Woolf said...

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

Carver said...

Beautiful poem and photographs.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great poem about a tree.

Janie said...

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