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What Is It To Be A Tree

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What Is It To Be A Tree

What is it to be a Tree?
Do trees ever mind being so close ...so intertwined ?
Do they ever long for space as I do? 
Do they prefer to be so meshed…branches touching branches
 all the time or do they like me long 
............................................................for autonomy

Do their branches reach for another’s touch? 
….................stretching to find it?
Do they cling and pine when isolated …as we do sometimes?

When a tree falls does another one grieve?
...............................................................

Do they sometimes wish to be free?
To be as free 
as he does....... from me?

Does life always include such serious stuff? 
Or do trees simply shift in the breezes
of superfluous fluff?

Do they ever 
wish 
to find
the sea?
To fly 
to fly?
just 
like me?
What on earth is it like ....to be?
to be a standing…a standing only ...are they lonely? 
beloved tree?
What is it?
to be a tree?


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  1. Date: 4/7/2014 1:56:00 PM
    My ... my ... Another fav! : ) Wow! I'm having a great time reading your poems, Ingrid. What a lovely surprise! Ruben.

    Showalter Swift Avatar Ingrid Showalter Swift
    Date: 4/8/2014 8:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Ruben! Love that you came to read my poetry! I enjoyed yours!
  1. Date: 3/26/2014 12:54:00 PM
    Unique, reflective --- loved it!

    Showalter Swift Avatar Ingrid Showalter Swift
    Date: 3/26/2014 1:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    OH Thank you Keith! Really enjoying your writes too!