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serenity blaze
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0 posted 02-20-2001 11:42 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

With giggles to our kind moderators! Now, to the point? It has come to my attention that there are a few poets here at Passions who, um, well...TALK TO TREES!!!! Myself, being one I am looking for others who also commune with nature

So if you are a tree talker...tree hugger...or even just a trunk stroker? Oh...heh heh YOU KNOW what I meant! Please tell me about it here. And please, I have my reasons for asking, so just trust me!!!! sigh...now everybody knows I'm loony...SURPISE, huh?
Irie
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1 posted 02-20-2001 11:51 AM       View Profile for Irie   Email Irie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irie

Hey Serenity....
My son is what my Mom calls a tree hugger!
He hasn't spoken to one yet, at least that I know of!



~Sheri

"The things that come to those that wait may be the things
left by those who got there first"




[This message has been edited by Irie (edited 02-20-2001).]
Sven
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2 posted 02-20-2001 01:17 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

yep. . . I talk to the trees. . . I listen to the wind. . .

I talk to the birds, the squirrels. . . you name it. . .

and. . . I let them talk to me too. . .

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To the world, you may only be one person. But to one person, you may be the world.
Elizabeth
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3 posted 02-20-2001 04:48 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I'm just plain crazy.
kcsgrandma
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4 posted 02-20-2001 05:45 PM       View Profile for kcsgrandma   Email kcsgrandma   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit kcsgrandma's Home Page   View IP for kcsgrandma

Well, I don't talk to the trees, but I do whisper to the breeze.

To love another person is to see the face of God.
- Les Miserables

Marilyn
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5 posted 02-20-2001 06:08 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

I love trees!!
and they love me!



I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

I'm in love with my shadow
I admire it daily
X Angel
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6 posted 02-20-2001 06:29 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

OMG..I know someone first hand who's bookshelf is full of "Tree-related" books and who himself absolutely adores trees. So much so that he makes his living taking care of them, he's a Tree Surgeon. He is also my sweetheart and the other moderator of this awesome forum...ta da!!! COLIN!!!!!

And I wrote a lil poem for him after I got back from visiting him this January, and I'm posting it here in case ya missed it in the Open Forum...

(PS I love trees too..lots and lots...we have some 125 yr old Cedars that my ancestors planted here on our farm...they're dying...and my WHOLE family is mourning them! )

ok nuff yabbering....here's da poem for my sweetie
The Man Who Talks to Trees (for Colin)

breathing hard
leaving puffs of vapour in the frosty morning air
the tree climber heaves himself up to surmount the tree
finally.
branches groaning under his weight
he stills himself to quiet it's sway
looking downward he checks the tree for warps and rot
"looks good" he mumbles to himself

off to his left a bird nest, abandoned for the season
are all that is left of a family of Robins
hands busy now, he hauls the saw to his side

hand
over
hand
over
hand
over
hand

steady and slow, the rhythm almost sleep inducing
there, now he's ready to start his day's work

work
if you could call it that
god he thrived on thin air and pitch it seems
the cold never even touches him

work
if you could call shaping a monstrous tree
into a piece of art work

work
if you could call saving a tree from itself and mother nature

work

funny how early this morning
when he first touched this behemoth
he felt the sickness these branches hid

funny how each day as he touches a new tree
the feelings grow sharper, more palpable

funny how people looked at him strangely at times
and called him "the man who talks to trees"

but it was as if he had learned the secret language of the trees
for he knew their need before he ever climbed a branch
and he cherished that gift like a priceless treasure

day's end now
weary, he descends from the heights
to go gratefully home to his waiting family

but first
he places his hands on the ancient bark once more
and he finds, as he suspected, only health there now

satisfied
he smiles
and calls it a day




A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life to be thankful for a good one.
Mae West (1892-1980)

Elizabeth Cor
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7 posted 02-20-2001 08:05 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Cor   Email Elizabeth Cor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Cor

*raises hand* *stands up proud, chest out*
Verified tree talker, trunk stroker, and Kielbasa swallower…er uh, sorry wrong thread
Colin
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8 posted 02-21-2001 01:29 AM       View Profile for Colin   Email Colin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Colin

Thankyou very much for choosing our humble lounge to have your discussion in

Yes it's true. I guess I'm what you would call a tree hugger. I've never hugged a tree apart from as a joke but I do feel an extremely strong affinity with a lot of trees.

I think it's a mixture of my knowledge of trees and my love of them that helps me communicate with them. I know it sounds weird so that's ok if you want a lil giggle I talk to trees and can sense in some intangible way what they are feeling. and HAH... the feeling thing isn't imagination either. There's been research on many occasions that show plants can react to external stimuli.

One piece of research showed that if one tree of a certain species (can't remember which right now) is attacked by a pathogenic beetle, it will produce a chemical defense agent in its sap. it might be too late for that tree, but within a few minutes, all the trees of that species nearby also start producing the same chemical. Clever eh?

Anyway, that's enough for now I think. Trees can feel and we can feel trees.

More later,
Colin.


Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. - Bill Vaughan
Colin
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9 posted 02-21-2001 01:30 AM       View Profile for Colin   Email Colin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Colin

and yep, Heather's lovely poem is very appropriate

*hugs to my sweety*

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. - Bill Vaughan
Michael
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10 posted 02-21-2001 10:09 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Well, I'm not really in the habit of talking to trees, (so much as animals anyway), but I do remember one time when I was younger - riding my ATC and running head on into a tree. I think I had a few choice words to share with that one. Actually, it was almost an intimate experience, but we won't go there...LOL Anyway - does that count?


Michael
serenity blaze
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11 posted 02-21-2001 11:28 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Michael...that's, um, interesting, but I wasn't exactly looking for stories of INTIMACY with our leafy friends...
(Linda? What's up with that?)

I would like to thank everyone for replying, and would also like to ask Heather and Colin's permission to use their replies in a little article I'm doing for the spring newsletter. Please say yes! I officially promise to throw away my hacksaw, and be very very polite (at least in this forum) and also offer my sincere apologies for my impromptu effort at brain surgery on Colin regarding the Maple tree incident in the sanctuary. (I misunderstood your intent, Colin. My humble apologies.)

Now all of that said and done? EVERYBODY GO PLANT SOMETHING...(Michael? YOU, however may be excused! )

" Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
T.S. Eliot

X Angel
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12 posted 02-21-2001 01:09 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

permission granted!


A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life to be thankful for a good one.
Mae West (1892-1980)

Skyfyre
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13 posted 02-21-2001 04:29 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Tree whisperer here ... *g*

There is nothing so captivating as a bit of unspoiled Nature ... 'tis why I moved to Tehachapi, where I can see the mountains on all four sides of me....

Can't wait to head up north toward Oregon to see more of the old-growth forests (swoon)

Give me a tent and a mess kit and I am SO there ... hehe

Linda
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14 posted 02-21-2001 05:17 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

I hug a tree-hugger. Does that count?
JLR
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15 posted 02-21-2001 07:54 PM       View Profile for JLR   Email JLR   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JLR

The longer I stay the scarder I get!! Just kidding. I had a whole conversation with a piece of chewing gum once. Guess that doesn't count though. Ha!
Severn
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16 posted 02-21-2001 09:55 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Tree hugger is K.

Very much so - very relaxing.

K


...and I have found a lifetime can be lived in one moment...
X Angel
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17 posted 02-21-2001 09:57 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

LOL I do have to say this...at my old place in Washington State we had this giant Douglas Fir Tree in our yard and it took me, and my 2 sons, who were 7 & 9 at the time, with our arms stretched as wide as we could reach to hug that tree!!!! It was an awesome tree. Made ya dizzy looking up to the top of it.


A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life to be thankful for a good one.
Mae West (1892-1980)



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