Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Windswept Wisdom - A One Shot Wednesday


The trees
are talking tonight.
Some whisper
to answer
the call of crickets.
Others cry
as they stand alone
with no other tree nearby
to touch with leaf or root.
When the wind is low,
they nod to each other.
They rustle and groan
under the weight of their words.
Seeking relief from the boredom of stillness.
The breeze inspires thought
and the surge of decades of wisdom.
Words we cannot understand.
Yet should take the time to hear.
_______________________

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35 comments:

Claudia said...

love how you give your trees a human touch or vice versa....absolutely enjoyed reading your windswept wisdom - and the picture is just - wow!!

Eric Alder said...

I always try to listen to the trees, as well as the rest of nature. Sometimes it's easy, but often it's only a whisper.

Brian Miller said...

excellent oneshot MOnkey! trees are some good friends of mine...i like to walk among them listening...

Unknown Mami said...

If I could speak the language of trees, I'm sure I would be amazed.

Everyday Goddess said...

imagine actually hearing what they have to say, it would be mind blowing!

f82bfat said...

now i feel guilty about cursing the apple trees in my back yard. Guess they were just trying to talk to me by throwing old apples at my head to get my attention.

Helen said...

When I take time to listen to the trees surrounding me out here on the high desert, I have noticed they all make really different sounds and it's magic! Pure magic.

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous photo to match equally riveting words. Trees are some of my favorite folks.

wiganfootie said...

Beautiful Tree talk :)

signed...bkm said...

love it Monkey man, the first lines just grabs you...the trees are talking tonight..love the wind in the trees at night and your photo tops it off...nice..bkm

Betsy said...

I loved this!

Seeking relief from the boredom of stillness....

Me said...

I'd wager that trees have more intelligent things to say than the vast majority of the people I know...myself included! :)

I really enjoyed this, MM. And the photo is *incredible*!

Desert Rose said...

Great imagery here Monkey man..loved how you pumped life into your lines..nice one shot..:)

Stranger said...

Very true. I spend as much time as I am able listening to trees. Beautiful poem.

dustus said...

Your poem makes me think of the need to listen to nature, and how insightful such reflection and listening can be. Great poem about life. cheers

Katherine said...

The trees have history, they live! I love this poem Monkey Man ... beautiful writing!

Ladyulia said...

trees but human :D
by the way, is that real trees?
super cool that it lokks like that

TALON said...

I love trees and have no doubts they have fabulous wisdom to share if we would just listen. I loved this poem and it will linger with me. "The breeze inspires thought" - that's a wonderful line.

anthonynorth said...

Trees should be listened to. They've been around a lot longer than us.

John's comments said...

I love sitting in a glade of trees and just listen to the rustle. Mine is I’m the beast that you fear, in the shadows of night

Pete Marshall said...

wow..homage to trees...i loved the shot..trees by the coast are the best for me..the way they are shaped by the wind...anthony said it well..they have been around a lot longer than us...cheers Pete

Matty said...

Wow MM. One of your best.

Mona said...

This is one of the best poems I read in a long time!

joanny said...

Monkey Man

This is truly beautiful and your photo is a stunning visual.

And I read the vacuum story and I would too be saying, "what the hell".
I don't know why but the story made me laugh seriously though the man was beaten -- that can't be good.

cheers,
Joanny

thanks for leaving another comment on the 160, strange things have been going on with my posts/comments lately. Haven't a clue what it is?

PattiKen said...

I love to listen to trees. My favorite is the whispery voices of palm trees in the night singing a tropical lullaby.

buttercup600 said...

I love nature and this one spoke to me...next time I'll make a point of listening to their whispers. Awesome my friend xx

ladynimue said...

If only we stopped often to listen, we might understand few words too !! lovely poem and amazing pic :)

Shadow said...

this is amazing!

J. said...

A suggestion that carries so many interpretive options!

I like it!

C.M. Jackson said...

simply beautiful...

moondustwriter said...

Looks like those trees are having an argument.

Nice one MM for One Shot and thanks


Moon Smiles

faery of the wilds said...

I love forests and to be in there early morning or late evenings is the best of all... trees do really talk

Susannah said...

Wonderful writing, I loved it. :-)

Tina said...

Wow. That really resonated with me. My dear friend used to have a massive weeping willow in her yard. We'd go lie under it, listening to the wind, and talk quietly of our lives. I know the tree listened.

Marla said...

Beautiful, MM. I love listening to the trees.