In Memory of Trees ... A Music Poem


In memory of my father...


Nature is part of us...who we are. Not only is it beautiful, without it we cannot survive.

The black and white photos in the music video below show the desolation of forests through fires, illegal logging, disease, and other deforestation from various development interests.



From the dwarfs of willows

To the spruce of ancients

And towering red,

You are spirit chaste…

Peaceful and without words;


Steadfast and true,

You take and give of the earth

As you send forth your seed

To mark your footsteps

Strident

And soft;


Delicate in youth,

Your limbs timid forth from small beginnings

'Till emboldened armed,

Fully dressed of arresting splendor

To seize

The eye of man;


You round the world

Magnificent...

Giving the breath of life

In endless embrace of myriad color,

Scent and form;


Bursting of food and flower

Tender, sharp

And sweet,

You nourish and haven the wandering,

Loved, feared and unseen

Without prejudice;


You weep and bend with supple hold

To defy the thrashing

Swirl of storm

Yet yield your strength

In many forms

To the thousand desires of the living;


In death, your arms still reach toward life

In barren grace,

Waiting...

Spent and resolute;


When we grieve the tears

That finally heal your desolation,

Then God, Himself,

May call this sadness just.




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Poohgranma profile image

Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

Majestic and superb ode to one of God's wonderful gifts.


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

Ms. East.

I'm so in love with your writing.

My heart soars above these majesties of life.

My heart sings with your delicate voice.

My heart breathes the magificence we share.

My heart is strongest for this the greatest fight our generation must bear...

I don't know what made me cry more, the incredible beauty of the color images, or the intolerable loss of the black and white ones...


diogenese 5 years ago

Imaginative; excellent use of novel word grouping. Good interior ryhme and balanced cadence. Very enjoyable and thoughtful poem...Bob


Maya 5 years ago

You have no idea how wonderful it is to see someone write a beautiful poem about part of nature and actually know what she’s talking about. Loved the opening about the spruce, redwood and dwarf willows . God would think it fair to see mankind grieve --- even more fair to see him stop. This is a masterpiece.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Great poetry. I adore trees and really do feel that they talk to me.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

this is a great tribute to the majesty and beauty of trees.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Genna I have tears for real..The majesty of trees is truly one of God's greatest creations. The music added such grace to the poem. Thank you so much. You are so gifted. Up and beautiful a thousand times over.

Sunnie


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b. Malin 5 years ago

I LOVE trees, I've always thought they had their own personalities. Thanks for the lovely Tribute and Poem, so relaxing and Beautiful. Thank you, Genna.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

A lovely tribute to the trees that serve us so well, with their beauty, shade, food, wildlife habitat, and wood.

Up and beautiful.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

You now hold two of the top spots of work I’ve read on the Hub. This and Daniel of Lucid Dreams ... A Music Poem. (sorry, there are no prizes :)


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Beautiful poem and music for remembering your father. Thank you for sahring.


CalVera 5 years ago

You are such an original and unique talent! Your father would have been proud of this wonderful music poem.


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

Genna, your words are beautiful and form is outstanding. The message is pure and true, I love this song and your message. Voted you up and beautiful. Take care my friend.


Johnny Love 5 years ago

Wow Genna, very deep and so beautiful. Lovely words for feelings so true. Blessings..Johnny


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Absolutely lovely. Voted up and awesome and beautiful too!


DanWW 5 years ago

One of the best music poems I have ever seen!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

A beautiful poem about those majestic elephants of the plant kingdom. I particularly liked the lines: "You nourish and haven the wandering Loved, feared And unseen Without prejudice" because it reminds me of something a wise man once told me... "A tree gives shade to a beggar and a king alike. So let the tree teach you to judge not who to help but rather love all and serve all." Thank you.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Genna,a very excellent written poem and awesome music video !

Awesome and vote up !!!


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duffsmom 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Lovely, and beautiful phrasing.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

A fitting tribute to all that trees do for us and have done for time on end. Where would mankind be without the tree? Thanks for sharing. WB


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

I have so little time today, but I wanted to thank everyone for their wonderful comments and votes of support. They mean a lot to me…each and every one, and for different reasons. So many writers here I admire and support so it does me honor to read your thoughtful and kind words. Hugs to you all, and I look forward to reading your new hubs!


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

No worries, our dear friend. Take strength from us. We're with you always!!!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

I have always had a love for trees so this is an absolutely beautiful piece to me Genna! So amazing and stirring, rate it up! Thank you for sharing this!


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sofs 5 years ago

In death, your arms still reach toward life

In barren grace,

Waiting...

Spent and resolute

Oh Genna so poignant, majestic and splendid. I am no tree hugger but a sure nature lover. I love trees and hate to see them being destroyed..there is no place better than the woods where would like to spend my quiet time. Great work and thanks for sharing!!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You give the trees such personality, I cried at "In death, your arms still reach toward life". Beautifully stoic even in death, they stand. This beautiful piece, Genna, and the comments here are all magnificent tributes to life. Human life is not the only life, but I know many who give little validation to any other life, yet it is all around us, in many forms. Thank you


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Breath takingly beautiful.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@BBnix Thank you, BB.

@Chatkath Thank you. Trees provide us with the air we breathe as well and are an important part of the environment. It breaks my heart to see how we are destroying forests at an alarming rate.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@sofs Thank you! I am pleased you liked this music poem, and am always grateful for your thoughtful comments.

@Amy Hi there. You are so right! God gave us nature and without it, we will perish. Thank you for your kind words and spot-on perception.!


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@chspublish Thank you for stopping by, and for your lovely comment!


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Way up and awesome!!


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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA

Hi Genna - I surely do wish I could write a poem as fine as is this one.

Gus :-)))


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

An absolutely beautiful ode to the nourishment that trees give us, physically and spiritually. The music in that video was wonderful. Voted up and beautiful.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Fay Thank you Fay!

@Gus You write great poetry, Gus. :) Thank you.

@Peggy Yes, they do. Thank you for the nice words and votes of confidence.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

A lovely elegy for the soul - thanks so much for these fine words.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

I've been accused of being a 'tree hugger' all my adult life, like it's a bad thing, but I love trees, so majestic, so stately and many living much longer than we humans. Great tribute to these wonderful plants.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

What a beautiful tribute. I've always had a great fondness for trees. I love this poem and appreciate your great poem In Memory of Trees, oh how vital they are in our lives, they are every where and doing everything for us! :) Katie


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Redelf Thank you!

@Bobbi Me too. :) I've been called a tree hugger as well, but I value and treasure them all the same. Thanks for the thoughtful comment!

@Katiem I so appreciate your kind words, and I agree with you. Thank you.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

To honor the creation of the Creator is to honor the Creator for His Creation! A beautiful, moving write that touched my heart deeply!


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Genna, I really love this poem. I used to live in Bangkok, a crowded city with too many cars and not enough trees. But now I live in Sacramento where I can find all kinds of trees on almost every street. It's really nice. I don't think I would want to live in a tree-deprived city ever again. :)


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Trees have long been inspiring and grounding to me... I loved this work and I thank you... Voted UP & BEAUTIFUL!


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@tnderhrt Thank you! God gave us these wonderful gifts.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Om Paramapoonya Thank you! I know what you mean...I can't imagine not having a lot of trees nearby.

@Marcoujor Good to see you, and thank you for your nice comments and votes. They mean a lot.


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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

Very good going this was very beautiful!Thank you very much Genna!!

smiles :)

bella


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Genna, this was so beautiful. Going into a forest makes me feel like I am in a kind of church, filled with awe, with peace, and goodness. I'd love to visit the Big Trees of California some day. How wonderful that must be.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Bella Thanks for the compliment. Always good to see you.

@Dolores Thank you! My father was a research biologist and an environmental scientist and Christian...he would often say of the outdoors and the forests: "This is my church." He loved nature, and understood it very well.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

There are to many perfect words to choose any one over the other. This is a beautiful tribute not only to your dad, but to the mighty tree. There is nothing more perfect than a tree, for without them our planet would be surely dead.

I savor their majesty, stature and grandeur and yours words were very moving as always. You continue to mesmerize this writer with your beautiful talent. Hugs


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

How wonderfully you express the majesty of a tree! Beautiful, Genna!


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@saddlerider Thank you, Ken, and hugs right back. I am an admirer of your amazing work, and am honored by your kind and thoughtful words.

@Shalini I am pleased you enjoyed this music poem and appreciate your comments.


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Genna, a beautiful anthem about the magnificence of trees. I loved this. I couldn't help thinking about a story I have published here in the hubs called the 'The family tree' which has several central themes similar to your work here. If you ever get a chance Genna, let me know what you think of it. voted up and awesome!


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you Doc! Yes, I just read 'The Family Tree'...a truly amazing story; beautiful and unique.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

There is magic in trees. There is magic in what can be made from them. There is magic to cherish and hold dear. They are not to waste. There is magic in hugging a tree. God made it so. God bless.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Micky. Yes, I agree there is magic in trees, another example of God's wonderful gifts. Thank you for your comment!


arb 5 years ago

What can I say Genna! Your poetry is as magical and wondrous as the tree. What a slendid tribute. When one reads poetry and says to himself, " I wish I'd said that " one has paid the highest tribute. It is silent, it is private, but, somewhere, it is real, alive and authentic. I always say that when I read you. Be well my friend. Your poetry is special, I think much more than you may ever know.


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epigramman 5 years ago

..well my dad was my best friend and if I could have written something like this for him he would be so very proud of his son - and yes it's true (not just because you included Enya - lol) after reading your poetic tribute I will never look at another tree the same way again ......


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@arb I thank you for your kind and generous words. As you know, I like your poetry as well, and value your comments.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Epi Thank you, Collin. Your dad was indeed lucky to have you for a son, and a best friend. Your poems are treasures that we enjoy each and every day. :)


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well I always return to the classics and this wonderful evocative piece of writing certainly lights up the marquee - I just left a nice comment for you Genna on my new hub .....


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Epi Thank you, Colin; yes, I read that wonderful comment that made me blush. You are a sweetheart, and one that I admire and respect.


Kitty Mack 5 years ago

I am so happy I discovered your talent. Your short stories and poetry are wonderful! Ocean's Child is still my favorite.


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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

Hi Genna, this is beautiful, downright beautiful

MM


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Maggie My sincere apologies for not responding earlier, but I haven't had a lot of time to visit hubpages this past week. I am grateful for your thoughtful comment; I am so pleased you enjoyed this poem. :-)


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Emma Zimmer 5 years ago from USA

For your Dad, that is sweet!! :D

~Emmy


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks Emma; and I appreciate your visit. :-)


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Genna. Saw you reponded to a comment, so took the opportunity to say hello.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Mck!

Thanks for the hello; I've been under the weather recently, and haven't been able to visit hubpages much at all; should be on the mend soon. Hugs.


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chef-de-jour 3 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Your poem is a tree of life. Rooted yet ethereal.

I wish you could read the anthology Trees Be Company, a forest of poems all about the tree, from Chaucer to John Ashbery.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, Chef. I missed the notification email advising me of our comment. My apologies. I appreciate your kind words, and reference to "Trees Be Company." This publication sounds wonderful...I will definitely give this a read. :-)


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

This was amazing genna, I have a real affinity for trees, something about them, in fact my first published poem in an anthology was about a tree, its on here somewhere in the depths of my hubs! amazing! voted up and shared, nell


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CassandraCae 2 years ago from Ohio

Trees are very important and I too feel something special in regards to them.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Genna, that is a beautiful poem. Your, poem, the entire hub and the video speak volumes and sends out an urgent, important message to all. Thank you for this hub. And thank you for the link to my hub.

Up, U, A, B, I and H+


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Nell Rose...

Hi Nell; thank you. I will definitely look for that anthology...I look forward to reading it. I appreciate your votes and sharing. :-)

@CassandraCae

Thank you, Cassandra, for taking the time to read the poem and play the video. Trees are vital to our survival, and have mystical qualities as well. I guess that makes both of us "tree huggers." :-)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@PhyllisDoyle

Hello Phyllis. I am so pleased you enjoyed the poem, video and music. My father was an environmental scientist and research biologist…I dedicated this to his memory. I was delighted and honored to add your recent, superb article as a link. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, votes and sharing. :-)


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hey Gen Gen this was really soft and sweet . Nice poem you got there keep up the great work.

A peaceful evening to you always :)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Jo. This was dedicated to my father; it is a special poem for me. Thanks so much for your visit and special comment. :-)


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I think the video says so much about the beauty of trees, but also tells the story of careless men so well. My sister who is a tree-hugger would agree with your thoughts on this topic. Thanks for bringing the importance of saving trees to our world.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Yes, I am an unabashed tree-huger. :-) Your sister and I would definitely agree. Thank you for the visit and thoughtful comment.

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