Arbor Day

tree window 2s

as lovely as a tree, rooted in the earth, reaching towards the heavens

as enchanting as an ash, central column of life, cosmic axis

as captivating as cherry, awakening the magic of spring

as handsome as the beech, guardian of knowledge, wisdom writing words

as magical as an elder, conjuring, healing, restoring life

as stately as oak, enduring portal, shelter, protection and door

as graceful as a willow, mirroring the moon, fulfilling wishes

as dazzling as holly, solstice companion, glow piercing winter’s grey

as simple as the arbor, center and pivot, beginning and end

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The last Friday is April is Arbor Day, a day to celebrate trees.  From cosmic axis to shelter for fairies, trees have always been honored by humans in stories and myth, symbols of life and rebirth, connecting, protecting and healing.

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The photos were taken when I visited the Jewish Museum in March; the colorful geometry of the window decorations caught my eye first, but then the reflections of the trees across the street in Central Park worked their own magic.

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The poem combines two NaPoWriMo prompts:  long 17-syllable lines from day 27, and using a line or phrase from another poem to begin your own from day 25.  Raise your hand if you had to memorize Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees” in elementary school!  Permanently embedded in my brain, “lovely as a tree” seemed perfect for Arbor Day.

When you go out today, instead of keeping your eyes on your device, look around and take in the beauty and majesty of trees.

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23 responses to “Arbor Day”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    A lovely tribute to trees on Arbor Day!

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  2. Jodi says :

    beautiful arbor day tribute!

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  3. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    Fabulous poem!! Love it! What a perfect post for Arbor Day…and those captures are awesome. Truly some magic there! 😃😃

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  4. memadtwo says :

    It looks like your stitchery over the trees–in fact I thought that’s what it was until I read the post. N.

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  5. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    I just love the poem so much!

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  6. Susan Feniak says :

    I do like the stitchery effect and tree reflections in the windows. Great tribute for arbor day!

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  7. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    Almost giving me a spiderweb feel! Very cool in the hot pink! Thank you for your tribute to the beautiful trees.

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  8. Jennifer G. Knoblock says :

    The photos are fascinating–at first I thought it was stitching. 🙂
    Wonderfully reverent and mystical catalog of tree virtues.

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    • memadtwo says :

      I have often thought of stitching over photos, but I haven’t done it yet. On the list, longer by the day. The windows immediately appealed to me, and the reflections were a bonus. Perfect for stitching.
      It’s amazing all the symbolism that surrounds each tree species. I definitely only skimmed the surface when I was looking.

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  9. Sharon Mann says :

    Wow, I just love the geometric shapes over the window and reflected trees. Your well chosen words about trees makes me happy.

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  10. REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate says :

    Wow this is so appealing to the eye, love the geometric shapes, and in red. I must show my daughter, she often doodles geometric patterns

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