Our focus in the Children’s Garden at Longwood this spring is trees. So since I’ve been learning a little more about them, I decided to write my poem for today about trees. I used the scaffold Elaine Magliano uses in her book Things to Do. Perhaps I’ll inspire you to hug a tree today.
Things to Do If You Are a Tree
Stand tall and proud, reaching to the sky.
Let your roots spread deep and wide, anchoring your heart.
Provide shelter for birds and squirrels and other living things.
Use your crown to offer shade on hot summer days.
Grow a new ring for each year of your life.
Be a source of life-sustaining oxygen.
Allow children to climb and swing and build forts in your arms.
Remain an important part of the forest community, even after death.