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The Whispers of Trees

Updated on December 16, 2016
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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trees speak

in a language forgotten--


murmur of time, long ago

when men felt sap flow--


whisper of abundance,

grubs crawling beneath them--


cry out in desolation

for their companions

denuded, dejected

torn apart--


sing songs of brave men--

sent out over the winds--


stillness pervades haunted groves

stillness now filled with paucity of life--


i have lost the ability

to hold the ear of those around me--

and so, i return

to the whispers of trees.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012

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      Gina Welds Hulse 10 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      I loved this because I recently sat down and penned a very similar poem that included the trees talking to me and the messages that I was hearing. It's amazing the lessons that we can hear and see in nature if we just open our minds, eyes and ears.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Sylvia!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Sylvia!!

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      Sylvia 2 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

      Beautiful - haunting - inspiring!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Ah thank you chef-de-jour! Not everything is biographical--so I suppose I have--

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      Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      I listened, the faint edge of green language filtered through.

      Right now, outside my window

      rough wind orchestrates the day.

      Tall sycamores are applauding,

      slim poplars sway like masts

      at sea.

      Down deep in the oak wood

      the whispers continue.

      I hope you've regained the ability?

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this piece cam8510. I really enjoyed writing it.

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Wherever I go, I seek out the trees. It is where I find the solitude I need. Thank you for putting into words how I feel. I read the poetry here on HP because my own "poetry period" was such a tragedy.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you WhiteOak!!

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      Eva Thomas 4 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you IntegityYes!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      OOH,Audrey! HEH-HEH! That is fantastic. I voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you swb!

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      Scott Biddulph 5 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

      I really loved this poem. It reminded me of the many times while doing my daily walk I look at trees and wonder what secrets they hold. If only trees could speak!!WP

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Dana Teresa!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Beautiful.

      My favorite part:

      They whisper of the abundance / and love of their leaves / for the smallest of life / crawling beneath them.

      Oh how I love trees. This reminded me of that. Thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Sheila!

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      sheilanewton 5 years ago from North Shields, UK

      Stunning, Audrey. My sentiments exactly about trees. They do speak, if you listen hard enough. Voted up - of course I did!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much anaceleste!

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Magnificent and ethereal! Voted up!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Bijja! I greatly appreciate the comment and the read!

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      Bijja 5 years ago from India

      Such a lovely poem. I love trees.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Judi! I am so glad that you enjoyed it!

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      I rarely read any poetry, but I am so glad that I read this. Beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you mariajob!

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      mariajob 5 years ago from Nigeria

      wow. i love this.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ann!

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Trees speak to me too, Audrey. I feel the strength you speak of. Lovely analogy. They teach us.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you alocsin!!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I like your use of the sense of hearing for this poem. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This poem was simply beautiful Audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Suburban Poet!

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I was drawn to this piece... it was short but covered so much ground... It's beautiful...

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much K. Burns and DzyMsLizzy! This was one of those pieces that just flowed out--I love writes like that--

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      WOW! This is, hands down, the single most evocative and beautiful poem I have read in a very long time.

      Wonderful imagery! My hat is off to you.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful and shared!

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      This was simply beautiful... It filled my head with visions of forests hundreds or even thousands of years old. Sentries standing tall and silent, generation after generation, the keepers of secrets of mankind. shared, posted to my Facebook wall, and voted up, beautiful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much raciniwa and missolive!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Audrey - beautiful and thought provoking poetry. Trees offer great symbolism and can be personified to show human traits and motivations, but not many 'hear' their whispers. You certainly have. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and talents.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i love the immensity of this poem and covering the branch of poetry also known as a tree...you planted it right to the minds of the readers...

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much donnaisabella! Best to you on this cold morning!

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      Oh, I just love your poetry. It is alive, as if I am there with the trees and watching the drama of life unfold and retreat.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you shimmering Dawn! I enjoy your work as well---

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      They cry out in desolation

      for their companions

      denuded, dejected

      torn apart.

      I can feel the pain of the trees and the poet. These lines so touch me for I love nature! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Shalom!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      A great poem. Trees whisper and send out a melody everytime they sway in the wind. Tress are majestic creations brought to life in your poem. Lovely poem, Voted up.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you're welcome, audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ardie--and yes, I think I often live with that sad peace--

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Absolutely beautiful - I too long to return to the whispers of the trees. This poem brought me such sad peace if that's possible.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you!

      @Vocalcoach--thanks Audrey! I am probably more likely to sing Smanie or Il est doux, il est bon than Un Bel Di--I am a high mezzo--and I sing some of the lower soprano arias---

      @ Jackie Lynnley--Thank you so much!!!

      @PDX--you are gracious! Thank you!

      @tarajeyaram--thank you! I will look up more of your work!

      @phdast---thank you, thank you--

      @ Sunnie Day--I am in the midst of trimming back my trees before they bud again--hope I get it done soon!

      @ time2write--I think we all feed each other that way--thanks again!

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      time2rite 5 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      This is very beautiful, Audrey. I have often said I would love to be buried, when I pass, wrapped in a cotton sheath and placed in a pine box under a tree. There I could return nourishment as my body returned to the dust from which I came and my spirit returns to the Lord who gave it. I would "live on" as the tree grew, raising its mighty limbs in Praise to the Lord as it dances in the wind. I voted "Up" and "Beautiful"!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Dear Audrey,

      Simply beautiful. I do so love the company of trees. There is a mystical and wonderful air about them that draws me. I have sat many days outside watching the trees blow in the wind. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful hub,

      Sunnie

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Another wonderful poem Audrey. I especially like this one. Great Hub.

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      Beautiful poem! I love trees and I often listen to their whispers. Thank you for writing such a beautiful poem.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      u are so good, audrey. truly inspiring. Up and shared

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well I don't hug trees but I do love them and leaves and poems about both and you did really well.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      We share the same first name, we share a love for classical music (I would love to hear you sing "One Fine Day" from Madam Butterfly or Puccini's "Oh Mio Babbino Caro." What a treat that would be.

      And what a lovely treat it is to read this poem, "The Whispers of Trees." I actually hug a tree everyday. You have managed to bring the reader to the heart and mind of trees. Thank you!

      vocalcoach~

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hi Epigramman--so now I need to see the movie--it looks great! And Fora--I agree--nature listens

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Nature is often more likely to hear us and talk to us than other people in this world of technology.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      check it out on You Tube - for preview link - just type in the title and another great film by him is Days of Heaven and Badlands

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Ohh--I don't know that film--

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      .....great art in writing here - reminds me for some reason (and it's a good one) of Terrence Malick's new film THE TREE OF LIFE ......lake erie time ontario canada 3:59pm

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you LadyFiddler!

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      Awsome piece Audrey :)

      keep up the good work. I'd be back soon to read more.

      Take care

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Victoria--I am so glad that you enjoyed it--have a great weekend!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      The whispers of the trees.... A beautiful and peaceful poem, Audrey. Voted up, awesome, interesting, and of course beautiful! Well done! Great descriptions!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Senoritaa and Ivona!

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      Ivona Poyntz 5 years ago from UK

      I can't wait for spring here so I can experience the 'whispers' of nature: yes, it should be doable in winter too, but just not the same.

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      They give us shelter, they give us shade, they give us woods to build a fire when we are cold, they are the forest, one of God's most beautiful creations. Lovely Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Molometer!

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Powerful words Audrey and so true too.

      And I,

      I have lost the ability

      to hold the ear of those around me--

      ' I sometimes feel as a ghost, invisible in plain sight'

      Voted up stunningly accurate

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie!!! I love your work as well! Always a pleasure to read you!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      I love how you bring in the ending with a couplet like stanza and then a closing stanza. Beautifully written! Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you WillStarr!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Trees upon the slopes

      Trees down in the dell

      Whisper to each other

      What secrets do they tell?

      Beautiful as always, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruchira!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      wow, Audrey. Such deep emotions.

      I am a firm believer of nature talking back to us and you have double proved it :)

      voted up as beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank--we'll see what grows out of my love for trees--maybe a longer work

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Audrey you could have made a little haunting story out of this piece.. I loved it :) Frank

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you! A friend of mine thinks that I must have been a dryad in some past life--

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Lovely Audrey..Trees do seem to whisper..

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Movie Master!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Audrey, I love the majestic beauty of trees, they must know so much and have so many stories to tell...

      Your poetry is beautiful, thank you for sharing and voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you saddlerider--yous comments are always filled with their own wisdom--I greatly appreciate them and you

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      saddlerider1 5 years ago

      Audrey you made we want to take a walk around my neighborhood, abundance of trees, some going back a 100 yrs, these are the ones that speak to me. I love to approach them and let them read my thoughts and then we begin to share history. What walked in front of you, climbed in your branches, how you bowed and sagged as the winter winds and storms laid heavy on you. Oh yes Audrey the beauty is in their silence until we meet and speak in our own language. The beauty and whispers of a tree. Brvo and voted UP and beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Lady_E!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      A very refreshing read. Makes me want to visit the park. I love listening to the wind blowing the trees.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Susan!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Audrey, I love trees and I love this poem, it is truly beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much! Sueswan, I agree we could learn a lot if we listened more closely. WD Curry--I chuckled when I read your comment! Thank you! Eddy, thank you for your encouraging comments--and I hope that you too, enjoy your day--

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So very very gifted you are my dear friend.

      So keep on writing because I will keep on reading.

      Here's to very many more to share .

      Take care my frind and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      Well, I said that I was, " Not in the mood for poetry."

      Well, Shut my mouth!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Beautiful and profound. Imagine the stories trees could tell and what we could learn from them.

      Voted up and away!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Hyphenbird!

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Audrey, this is a beautiful poem. The message is lovely in melancholy, the words well chosen and touching without becoming saccharine. Very well done indeed.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you writer20!!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Tree's whispering is like a breeze blowing through it.

      Vote up and beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Deborah!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is simply beautiful.. Trees talking to you... trees are so beautiful.. they are alive like we are.. Bless you for writing something so awesome.

      Debbie

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Debby--thank you Tallgardener--much appreciated!