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Poems about trees - meditations and reflections on nature

Updated on November 23, 2015

Poems About Trees: Reflections on Nature

TREE MEDITATIONS
 

Trees are our natural companions breathing in what we breathe out, breathing out what we breathe in.   Trees reflect something of ourselves - a history, an appearance, a position, an ecology.
 
Trees are energy fields with their own resonance and aura.

Hug a tree and feel the pull of its energy.   Meditate on a tree - listen to its message, feel its energy, share its history, understand the ambiguity and paradox of nature, accept the insight offered.

Nature reflects the paradox and ambiguity of our lives and its creative resolution of opposites.

Nature portrays the interconnectedness of our lives and the fact that the welfare of the whole depends on the welfare of the individual and vice versa.

Trees reflect their ecology just as we do - the nurturance, conflict, competition, interconnection, history, interdependence, shared energy. 

Trees  reflect our lives if we look, listen and learn.

Here are some of my own tree meditations expressed as poems.

 

 (Photo by Digitonin - Flick photoset)

BULIMBA MEMORIAL PARK

LIFE AFTER DEATH

A living monument

To lives sacrificed in war

Children's playground

Haven for birds

A life of freedom enjoyed.

Copyright 2009 - Ron Passfield - all rights reserved worldwide.

(A poem inspired by the trees in memorial Park Bulimba. The fig trees were planted 90 years ago in 1919 when the park was created as a memorial to local servicemen and women who gave their lives to defend our freedom in World War 1. Today the park has a large playground enjoyed by many children and parents. It is also home to the Southside Eagles Soccer club and children from under 7 upwards play and train there daily. The fig trees line the perimeter of the park.)

THE SOLITARY SENTINEL

The Solitary Sentinel

Reaching out and bending back

Fragility and strength

Standing firm and gently yielding

Bowed and straight

A solitary sentinel, contrasting hues.

Ron Passfield

Inspiration : Jacaranda on footpath near coffee shop at Coorparoo, Brisbane.

Copyright 2001 - Ron Passfield - all rights reserved worldwide

winds of change
winds of change

WINDS OF CHANGE

Wind-blown trees

Dancing rythmically

Chaotic movement

Swaying in unison

Different trees, different responses.

I was wathching the trees in the image respond to wind gusts - some had branches that danced rythmically, others displayed what looked like chaotic movement and another tree had branches that swayed together in time. It reminded me of the different responses that people have to change.

RADIANT BEAUTY

Radiant Beauty

Resplendent purple, a carpet of colour

Fully clothed in regal garment

Refreshing hue, eye-catching glow

Noticed from above and below

Radiant beauty, swiftly shed.

Ron Passfield

Inspiration : Jacaranda - typically flowers in October (exam time) and sheds its flowers 1-2 months later, leaving a purple carpet on the ground. From the air you can see the bright purple Jacarandas dotted all over Brisbane.

Copyright 2001 - Ron Passfield - all rights reserved worldwide

STRAIGHT AND TALL

Straight and Tall

Straight and tall , an enviable symmetry

A golden aura against the light blue sky

Standing firm and strong, an imposing figure

Bending gracefully with the winds of change

Timeless wisdom, an awareness of stature.

Ron Passfield

Inspiration: a very tall fir tree standing above encroaching "development".

Copyright 2000 - Ron Passfield - all rights reserved worldwide.

CROOKED AND STRONG

Crooked and Strong

Twisted limbs turned in on themselves

A haven for others

Strong and unbending

The talk of the town

Rustic beauty and distorted shapes.

Ron Passfield

Inspiration: From the verandah - the Grevillia Sandra Gordon - favorite home for flocks of Rainbow Lorikeets and pairs of Rosellas. Rainbow Lorikeets eat the nectar from the yellow Bottle Brush and when they move on the Rosellas eat the seeds. Passers-by would comment on the bright yellow Bottle Brush and the beautiful birds.

Copyright 2000 Ron Passfield. All rights reserved worldwide.

Chris james - singer/songwriter
Chris james - singer/songwriter

Wonderland of Green

Song written by Chris James

WONDERLAND OF GREEN

There is a wonderland of green waiting to be seen

Out of the corner of your eyes

It's there to be touched and loved and listened to

That wonderland of green.

Chris James teaches mindfulness through music on a world-wide basis. He is a former Buddhist monk and is on a mission to help people discover that they have a beautiful voice. His workshops include those that teach you to find your own naturally beautiful voice through breathing, chanting and singing. I have been to many workshops run by Chris over the past ten years and recommend him very highly. He has produced a number of very moving CDs that can help you find your inner self and inner strength, particularly in times of stress.

Chris James - singer and songwriter

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      poppy mercer 

      6 years ago from London

      Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?....Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road

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      efriedman 

      7 years ago

      Enjoyed your photos and personal account of each poem. Living in California, I particularly enjoy "jacaranda" season when our imported jacaranda's bloom. And I only know lorikeets from the aviary at the wild animal park, but I love their bright colors and antics.

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      orange3 lm 

      7 years ago

      Simply beautiful.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful! Best wishes :)

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      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      Yesterday, there was a tremendous black rain storm, and a hundred birds or more were crowded into one little tree in the parking lot of a shopping center.

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      ronpass lm 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the comment, GrandMemories - you have some great photography lenses.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I think that I shall never see poems as lovely as ones about trees. Very nice lens!

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      You might like my poem about two willow trees on Facebook Poetry. Lovely pictures and poems you have here, many thanks.

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      poutine 

      7 years ago

      Lovely poems.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      "Hug a tee and feel the pull of its energy", I love that! What a wonderful intro to your insightful relationship with trees! Lenrolling to my Poetry Note Book - 100 Best-Loved Poems lens and will get it featured there. Thank you!

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      julieannbrady 

      7 years ago

      Ah ... delightful ... I never saw a tree I did not like ... well except for that oak in front of my former "jacksonville" home which dropped bushels of nuts in the grass and on the sidewalk ... but all that aside, I never saw a tree I did not love.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Ron, I did not know you are a poet! And a tree lover, too! Wonderful combination!! Thanks!

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      ChristiannaGarrett-Martin 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful Poems! and a lovely lens.

      Christianna

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      reasonablerobby 

      9 years ago

      Lovely idea for a lens Ron. Discovered via RedGage. Lensrolled on Forest & Woodland conseravtion too.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I enjoyed your beautiful poems and photographs. Lensrolling to my lens Fall Trees

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      kimmanleyort 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your lovely poems. Adding as a featured lens on "Imagine A World Without Trees"

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      Marelisa 

      9 years ago

      Here in Panama we have a tree that blooms with these gorgeous yellow flowers. Then after a while the flowers fall to the ground and the tree sprouts green leaves. Until it's time to bloom with yellow flowers again. This is a beautiful lens!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful words and images!

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 

      9 years ago from FL

      Beautiful trees and poems. I totally enjoyed it. 5*'s and lenrolled to Under The Florida Mighty Oak.

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      WorldTravelers916 

      10 years ago

      when dealing with trees its possible to care and love for them like children!

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      Keaka77 

      10 years ago

      Great Poems ROn.. Keep up the good work...

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      alicesy 

      10 years ago

      Excellent lens ! I like the quality poems you have provided here about trees. Keep up the good work.

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      Jimmie Quick 

      10 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Cool poems!

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      RinchenChodron 

      10 years ago

      Hi Ron,

      I appreciated your tree meditations and photos. Very nice indeed. Well done.

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      11 years ago

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      11 years ago

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