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Thursday Tree Love: Close Encounter with Tall Pine


“…there can be occasions when we suddenly and involuntarily find ourselves loving the natural world with a startling intensity, in a burst of emotion which we may not fully understand, and the only word that seems to me to be appropriate for this feeling is joy”
                                                                                       ― Michael McCarthy

The vast network of roots

covered in hummus

provided cushioned support

Strong yet giving

So that each step along the trail

reverberated a soft drum beat

To my heart

As the river played along.

Old granite offered security

when the trail narrowed

or became steep while

Trunks and branches gave balance.

A tree called to me

Not with words or sounds

But reaching out in the cool breeze.

I laid hands on the rough bark

Sharing energy, healing,

Knowing without words

The power, the stability

Of this old, but not so old

Sentinel of the river forest.

I leaned into the power,

Inhaling its gifted oxygen.

Then let my eyes

Travel up, up, up

to the crown in the sky

Blessed with golden light.

My spirit filled with new life

My heart wanted to to stay forever

In wild communion.

Thursday Tree Love is hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more tree love, visit:

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

14 thoughts on “Thursday Tree Love: Close Encounter with Tall Pine

  1. Beautiful, JoAnna. If you haven’t already read “The Overstory: A Novel” by Richard Powers, I recommend that you do. He takes the reader into the world of trees that makes one feel one with the forest.

  2. JoAnna ,so many memories come to mind seeing the forest with the Mountain Laurel! and I am a big fan of trees. There are many magnificent Live oak trees in our neighborhood, all draped in Spanish moss and cabbage palms blooming fragrantly now. But there is no Mountain Laurel! ❤ Thank you for this lovely post! Cheryl

    • You’re very welcome, Cheryl. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I love the live oaks with their wide draped branches. I can’t imagine living in a place without some kind of trees. Thank God for trees!

  3. Superb! Your words build up to the breath taking shot of looking up the tree!! Loved this post JoAnna!

  4. Oh my!!! Its soooo tall.. Beautiful click.

  5. Such a beautiful poem and that shot of the tree is gorgeous. Makes me think how tall it would have been. So glad you shared this and joined, JoAnna. Hope to see you on the 24th!

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