Invocation of the Trees

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Have mercy on us
we who are poor in spirit
we who are never satisfied
we who strive to possess everything

We who are poor in spirit
bless us and teach us
we who strive to possess everything
fill us as vessels with the breath of stars

Bless us and teach us
cleanse and heal our weary hearts
fill us as vessels with the breath of stars
attach our roots with grace and truth

Cleanse and heal our weary hearts
quench our hunger with light
attach our roots with grace and truth
you who honor both heavens and earth

Quench our hunger with light
we who are never satisfied
you who honor both heavens and earth
have mercy on us

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I’m reblogging this poem from 2018 for earthweal’s “mentors” prompt, adding some tree art from the archives as well.

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I’ve written about trees almost as often as birds and the sea.  All good and wise teachers.  But trees (starting with the Tree of Life) both anchor and reach toward the cosmic why.

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36 responses to “Invocation of the Trees”

  1. janetweightreed10 says :

    A beautiful post, both words and images:)XX

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  2. merrildsmith says :

    Beautiful, Kerfe. Trees know so much. I love your art, as well.

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  3. petrujviljoen says :

    Well done Kerfe. Didn’t you mention earlier you were moving? Hope it went well and you’re settled and surrounded with trees and the birds that go with them.

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  4. sarahsouthwest says :

    Oh, nice. The pantoum gives it the feel of a call and response, a liturgy.

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  5. Sherry Marr says :

    Sigh. Such a beautiful poem, and gorgeous tree art, too. It is a feast in here.

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  6. kim881 says :

    Wonderful artwork and a wonderful invocation, Kerfe! As we both know, trees are wise, and I would be delighted for a tree to fill me with the breath of stars.

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  7. Suzanne says :

    This is a beautiful invocation. I love the way you have taken the old poem and given it an entirely modern twist. Your art work is really lovely too.

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  8. Jane Dougherty says :

    This reads like one like one of those audience participation prayers we used to say at church, but yours invokes something altogether more important—trees. Lovely.

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  9. susanstoo says :

    “quench our hunger with light
    attach our roots with grace and truth”

    Read aloud in prayer. Thanks.

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  10. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    Your invocation is beautiful and uplifting, Kerfe — along with your artwork.

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  11. calmkate says :

    a very worthy reblog, love this poem! and your art, take care!

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  12. memadtwo says :

    Beautiful and I’m glad you’re settled for a bit. The birds are a good sign. N.

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  13. D. Wallace Peach says :

    I love your pantoums, Kerfe. This is exquisite. A beautiful prayer that breaks my heart.

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  14. J.D. Riso says :

    The forest is my cathedral. Your gentle, but powerful hymn is a delightful tribute. Thank you.

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