The Wisdom of Trees by Linda M. Crate

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January 1, 2016 by northerncardinalreview

i wonder if trees grieve
when they see
others of their own kind chopped
down,
no longer with their dapper arms
to reach into the heavens
fallen into a yawning mouth of grass and soil
and ferns;
or do they merely breathe a sigh of relief
that it wasn’t them?
i think they must mourn somehow
for to me they have always
been kind,
have held my arms so i wouldn’t fall into the
water and have allowed me to hug
them;
grant peace where there was none moments
before—
even pine trees seem remorseful of the pine cones
they lose and they house the most
beautiful red wings of
cardinals i have ever seen
trees prove to me that even the most ugly circumstances
can breed the most beautiful things.

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. Recently her two chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press – June 2013) and Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon – January 2014) were published. Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015.
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