Trees are Sentinels
Guarding, Nurturing, Protecting
Bastions of Dignity
Asking for nothing
– K. Earle
Trees are sanctuaries.
Whoever knows how to speak to them,
whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.
They do not preach learning and precepts,
they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
– Hermann Hesse, Wandering
For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.
Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary
than a beautiful, strong tree.
– H. Hesse, ibid
If you would know strength and patience,
welcome the company of trees.
– Hal Borland
Trees, proud standing people
stretching fingertips to the sky, reaching, praying
glorious attention, breathing light.
strength shelter timeless confidence
bending and firm comforting …
– Wallace Stevens
Planting trees early in spring,
we make a place for birds to sing in time to come.
How do we know? They are singing here now.
There is no other guarantee that singing will ever be.
– Wendell Berry
No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples…
– John Muir
I hear the wind among the trees
Playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it, and
though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the
sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how
fast and far!
– John Muir