Wonderful the Tree

How wonderful it would be if I could be a tree

Sending my roots through earth, crushing rock

Seeking out a river or a celestial sea

And having time to pensively take stock

How wonderful the bark of trees, the branches, and the trunk

The strength and simplicity we want and lack

Virtuous the gifts of shade and leaves from this wooden monk

And through its solemn prayer to God, we turn back

Ever rising to the light does go the dryad’s dance

Bridging earth and heaven with joyous glee

Silent movement fluid in stolid solid stance

How wonderful it is to watch a tree





Joshua Fahey is a Chestertonian who likes poetry and trees and God. Not necessarily in that order. In fact, necessarily not in that order.


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