Thursday, January 19, 2012

Friday 55 & Da Count-Hilary's Tree


I restlessly wander the house
seeking calm.
Nothing engages me.
Nothing soothes.
At every turn I find

A whisper breaks through
to my spirit
I open my door.

A shadow falls on my lips
shushing me.
The tree beckons me
with twiggy fingers
to find serenity
among her kin.


The above picture was taken by Hilary of The Smitten Image.  She shared it in a wonderful post all about trees.  I was captivated and asked her if I may use it.  She graciously agreed.  Since childhood I have found peace among the trees.  In the past couple of weeks I've been reminded and drawn back to the trees for a few different reasons.  There's a rooted and interconnected quality to a forest that speaks to me.  There is strength and endurance in the longevity of a tree.  They hold secrets and whisper wisdom.  Even in the leafless days of winter they have a power.  Some may love the prairies.  I love my forests and the trees in them.


G-Man said...

I never wanted to be a tree...
Until now!
Loved your 55
It's always a thrill to have you play. Because you always do it so well. Have a Kick Ass Week-End

G-Man said...


Craig said...

'Peace among the trees' . . . See, my first, impressionistic thought when I saw the photo was, "Oh, the shadow looks like a 'peace sign'. . ."

Thanks for this, Lime. It takes me back to my own younger days Up North, wandering in the woods. . .

Brian Miller said...

nice...i often find my serenity among the trees...i wonder did you mean the trees or the shadows?

Suldog said...

I've always enjoyed a walk in the woods. Also, I find that climbing a tree and sitting in it is very relaxing. I haven't done it for a few years, but I think I should.

Craver Vii said...

I like trees too. For a lot of reasons.

Hilary has a great eye, and an amazing talent for snapping good pics, doesn't she?

I liked your poem, Lime. Why do you suppose we find serenity among the trees? Maybe it's because they're simple enough to approach. Maybe it's because they're complex enough to be interesting. :-)

hedgewitch said...

I very much relate. I don't live in a naturally tree-friendly place, but I've planted and watered and tried to get as many to grow as I can---they are a part of Nature I don't ever want to lose touch with. Wonderful 55, and photo.

Kat said...

So beautiful. I love trees too. Something so peaceful and wise and comforting about them. :)

silly rabbit said...

I love trees too. I have often wondered what is wrong with folks to get rid of any tree on their property just to avoid raking leaves.
Especially those who move to my state... well known for its trees... just to cut them down.

Great pic!

Hilary said...

Michelle this is beautiful and so well describes the peace so many feel from nature. Trees do indeed impart wisdom. I'm learning that more and more. Thank you for your beautiful words.

icyhighs said...

Wow I actually thought your piece was meant to be about some kind of nature-has-its-revenge killer-tree. And I actually really liked the idea! Now I just feel silly.

~Tim said...

I love trees too. The house I had in Florida was in an older neighborhood with a lot of mature trees. In fact, one of the reasons I bought it was because there were two trees in the backyard just the right distance to stretch a hammock between. [One of them I could climb too, but to be honest I didn't do that very often. Still, it was nice to know that I could.]

Phaedrous said...

Hey Lime,

Just checking in and leaving a breadcrumb so you know I was here.



secret agent woman said...

Lovely. The call of the woods is a powerful one.