If I would Be a Tree

If I were a tree,
I could stand there still.
I would sink deep into my roots and
rest from the haste of life.

I know
my work is done
because I was completely myself.

I would know with intuitive certainty,
I have grown, I have flowered and borne fruit.
I would know about the big letting go before winter.

I would know that
I carry everything in my buds to develop further in the new spring.
All by itself

I know it’s
good
and I could let the silence sink in. Deep, very deep.

There is nothing more to do.

I would have this deep confidence
and would quietly call myself by my name.

I would whisper tenderly to myself, “Heathen,
all is well. Fear not. You are good enough and
connected to everything. Connected to the natural world, the stars, and the big picture.

I would follow
this deep inner longing and let it become completely dark around me.

Would wrap the dark cloak of security around me,
all to myself
alone, and enjoy my innermost light.

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39 thoughts on “If I would Be a Tree

  1. This is so calming. I’ve been studying trees recently and the relatability is uncanny. They do have deep silence, something rare among humans. We will all one day attain it though, regardless of our material form ๐Ÿ˜„

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  2. Beautiful.
    Are you familiar with this poem by Becky Helmsley-your words reminded me of it. Here is an excerpt
    So she walked to the forest

    and stood with the trees,

    She heard the wind whisper

    and dance with the leaves,

    She spoke to the willow,

    the elm and the pine,

    And she told them what sheโ€™d

    been told time after time,

    She told them she felt

    she was never enough,

    She was either too little

    or far far too much,

    Too loud or too quiet,

    too fierce or too weak,

    Too wise or too foolish,

    too bold or too meek,

    Then she found a small clearing

    surrounded by firs,

    And she stoppedโ€ฆand she heard

    what the trees said to her,

    And she sat there for hours

    not wanting to leave,

    For the forest said nothing

    it just let her breathe.

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  3. Ah. That was wonderful and affirming: “…all is well. Fear not. You are good enough and connected to…the natural world, the stars, and the big picture.” The closing with the dark cloak of security all to myself spoke comfort to my inner introvert.

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  4. This is a beautiful expression of metaphor that touches me deeply. I guess “deeply” like the roots of the beautiful tree. “I would know with intuitive certainty,
    I have grown, I have flowered and borne fruit. I would know about the big letting go before winter.” This phrase is going to stay with me.

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  5. Good one! I wouldn’t wanna be a tree cause I don’t think I would want to be pissed on by a dog, be pecked in, infested by ants or bugs, my leaves eaten by giraffes or chopped down and burned.

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