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If I Were a Tree Just for a Day

If I were a tree, just for the day,

Would my perspective change on what humans say?

Mankind states nature is wild and free,

But is that what I would discover and what I would see?

I would find root systems that communicate things,

And perhaps observe people as the wild beings.

I’d witness them breathing in what I breathe out,

And know we were connected without any doubt.

I’d notice nature living in complete harmony,

While plenty of humans couldn’t see this reality.

I’d weep as some would throw trash on the ground,

Shocked by their disconnection to the beauty around.

Others would dump into streams what they wouldn’t drink,

I’d scratch my head, wondering, “Don’t these people think?”

I would see and hear wildlife above and below,

And listen for the messages that they would bestow.

I would learn that many humans have lost this connection,

And be disappointed by their lack of wilderness protection.

If I were a tree, just for the day,

My perspective would change on what humans say.

How are you celebrating Earth Day?

I believe it should be celebrated each and every day!  May you look at nature with the eyes of wonder and magic for all that she shows us and provides us with. 

Awesome Tree Quotes

Here are some other awesome tree quotes:

“A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.” ― George Nakashima

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.” ― Herman Hesse

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” — Kahlil Gibran

And as the wise architect William McDDonough stated, “If you look at a tree and think of it as a design assignment, it would be like asking you to make something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, provides habitat for hundreds of species, accrues solar energy’s fuel, makes complex sugars and food, changes colors with the seasons, creates microclimates, and self-replicates.“ Source:

Those are some pretty powerful statements about trees.  Do you have any quotes that are your favourite? 

Sending sunshine your way,



8 thoughts on “If I Were a Tree Just for a Day”

  1. Absolutely LOVE this poem Sus. So very true.
    Thank you for loving Mother Nature, and for inspiring me to do the same.
    Love you xoxox

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