257. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining the win the sky. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Have you ever noticed a tree
standing naked against the sky, how beautiful it is?
All its branches outlined and in its nakedness,
there is a poem, there is a song…
When the spring comes, it again fills the tree
with the music of many leaves.
And this is the way of life.
~J. Krishnamurti

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Trees don’t just provide shade or rhyme and lyric for mortals; they are frequented by and home to an assortment of wildlife.  For example birds not only perch and sing in their lofty heights; they build nests in them as do squirrels who also use the branches as connecting highways to get them from one branch or tree to another.  When it’s winter as it is now and the trees are leafless, I can see the little fluffy-tailed acrobats make leaps, sometimes very daring ones, from one branch or tree to another as they work back and forth or up and down gathering acorns and building nests.  This week while I was observing their antics, I started looking at the differing filigreed patterns of our naked trees.  It was then I noticed the combined density of several trees in the northeast corner of our lot.  They obscure the heavens now almost as much as they would when in full leaf.  In this aerial thicket of woodiness the horizontal branches of my willow tree cross in front of the vertical branches of neighboring trees, and so their poetry or music is more of a series of mingled couplets or vocal duets as they make their “endless efforts to speak to the listening heavens.”

The trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord…  ~Ezekiel 17:23a  ✝

13 thoughts on “257. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining the win the sky. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  1. Pingback: 257. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining the win the sky. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry | Sacred Touches

  2. Very nice post. I feel so bad that I had to cut down three if my large oaks this week. I will miss them. They’ve been slowly dying ever since Katrina came through. They finally had it. God Bless!

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    • Ich spreche kein Deutsch überhaupt, Gislinde, aber ich übersetzen kann, was Sie direkt auf das Internet und das meine Antwort in deutscher Sprache. Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch auf meiner Blog. Ich hoffe, Sie haben ein wunderschönes Wochenende auch. Segen, Natalie

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  3. A wonderful post, Natalie! It’s amazing how many different “shapes”are to be found in trees. Some reach up, some reach down, some are sleek, some are messy. I love to see their silhouettes against the darkening sky. Weekend Blessings ~ Laura

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