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Based on a collaborative between scientists, botanists, forestry experts, mystics and indigenous peoples - an enlightened view of trees (and plant life) emerges in recent decades. As key resources, the following authors and researchers were essential in the development of this poem: Robin Wall Kimmerer (Braiding Sweetgrass), David George Haskell (The Songs of Trees), Peter Wohlleben (The Hidden Life of Trees), Suzanne Simard (How Do Trees Collaborate?). There are many other experts not included here, hopefully most of the major themes are covered in this poem.  11/27/18

Come with me to the Talking Tree a place where spirit and nature can be. Where science of the forest couples with ancient traditions of the land. Where indigenous people learn to live with trees mindfully hand in hand. Listen to branches rustling hymns through silent sounds in their limbs. Mighty Maples murmur in the breeze sweet tales of syrup drawn to please. Trees converse, they do care sending forest messages everywhere. Through the air and underground signals pulse from floor to crown. Quaking Aspen is known for being the earth's most massive living thing these trees united by one root system the world's largest superorganism. Trees often act for collective good doing exactly what they should. Sometimes they will reset their mast until the attacking danger's passed. Internal rhythms set their pace slower than the human race. Tree's daily burden that they bare is they process the world's air. Did trees learn survival plans proven in the 360 million years pre-human? What do 7 billion humans foresee as the fate for earth's 3 trillion trees? Fallen trees again live too vessels that life flows through. Their wood relives deeply in buildings, books even violins. So stand with me in equanimity and listen for lyrics patiently. Wait to hear beneath this tree poised to the sound of "poetree".

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Date: 3/11/2021 3:58:00 PM
As a friend of trees, I love this!
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Greg Gaul
Date: 3/12/2021 11:23:00 AM
Jennifer, the science on tree intelligence has exploded in recent decades. Your intuition has not been misspent. Thanks ever so.
Date: 1/23/2019 1:16:00 PM
This one hit me in the soul-strings, and appeals to me in ways my conscious mind does not fully understand. I am throwing it onto my FAV list, for when I get better at Poetry maybe I will understand the whole of it. I recognize the wonderfulness of it, Greg. I really do.
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Date: 1/24/2019 9:04:00 AM
Caren, thank you for your kindness. If you Google Kimmerer, Haskell, Willeben, Simard a new world of trees will open to you. Then, you may realize your passionate poetic voice for tree advocacy. You've mentioned it before. Thanks again for your comments.