My Tree

We have a connection my tree and I.

She was there, my oak, long before Michigan was on the map.

She was there when the first settlers came

She stood tall as my house was being built

and she stands there still

My tree is my connection

To heaven

To God         

When I don’t know the words

She does.

Coming home from where ever I have been

However long I’ve been gone, a day, a week?

It doesn’t matter.

As I turn the corner, I breathe out a sigh of relief

I thank God

There stands my tree, guarding my house and all that are in it.

She has kept us all safe for many years

And she does still

But if I cut down the tree

what would keep the sun from beating down on my roof. 

Where would the squirrels play?

And the downy wood pecker get its next meal?

What about the crows, where would they sit as they watch my family live our lives?

I have been told by many that the tree should go. 

Why? 

Oh it will fall on your house

It might get struck by lightning. 

It’s full of carpenter ants

It makes a huge mess every fall

I never thought a tree could be my friend

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Tamarind 6 years ago

That is a beautiful tree. To me it is even more so because of your words of love for it. I don't think there is any reason in the world to cut down a tree. If it is really a danger then maybe cut some limbs, but not to much. I think people belong with trees.


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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Thanks Tamarind, it's nice to know another tree person. I can't imagine a world without growing things.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi Carol. Your love for the tree and nature in general shines through. The oak is a beautiful tree.You might like to visit my hub "The mighty oaks of England"-thank you for sharing your love for the tree.


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

What wonderful words you write about the trees God gave us to keep our air clean, to shade us, to bring beauty into our lives. To make homes for the birds, and provide them with food.....

Should trees become diseased, it is up to us humans to protect them by spraying them with things which kill the bugs or fungi which are trying to hurt them....

We all need to remember. Trees are here for a reason. As the rainforest trees are being destroyed for humans, we are losing part of our life. To destroy a tree to me is a dessimation of the clean air I need to breathe....is this why so many people are suffering from allergies in the concrete jungles which have none??

WONDERFUL HUB REDDOG!! KEEP LOVING THAT TREE....you can find something to kill the carpenter ants....


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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Thanks Wealthmadehealthy. God mad everything with a purpose, even mosquitoes (although I can't figure that one out)when one part of nature is removed from the equation, others fall as well.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Trees are definitely good for the soul and when one has a tree like your's it's something to cherish. Thanks for sharing your love for this tree, which is really beautiful.

Love and peace

Tony


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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Your most welcome tonymac04.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

From one tree lover to another......well done! Thumbs up on this hub!


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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Thanks Peggy, I am glad you enjoyed it.


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mulberry1 6 years ago

It is a beautiful tree! Glad to know you are a tree person too. Years ago, one of my employees gave me the book "The Giving Tree" as a gift, and while the selfless giving of the tree can describe much beyond that of a tree...it still describes them well.


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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Yes it is a beautiful tree. They do give us so much. It's funny but one of my youngest daughter's favorite books was "The Giving Tree".


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

It's funny sometimes how inanimate objects can become so ingrained in our lives. Yet they do. It would be a difficult decision to have to let it go for me as well.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Great story of life and connection :0


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I love trees and I love your Hub. Trees are the largest living organisms on earth besides fungus. They are amazing. Thank you for the fine poetry. :)

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