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Thursday Tree Love: Breathe, a Poem

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Thanksgiving Day 2021

For this edition of Tree Love, I offer a poem by Becky Helmsley interspersed with tree photos.

Breathe, by Becky Helmsley

“She sat at the back, and they said she was shy,

She led from the front and they hated her pride,

They asked her advice and then questioned her guidance,

They branded her loud, then were shocked by her silence,

When she shared no ambition, they said it was sad,

So she told them her dreams and they said she was mad,

They told her they’d listen, then covered their ears,

And gave her a hug while they laughed at her fears,

And she listened to all of it thinking she should,

Be the girl they told her to be best as she could,

But one day she asked what was best for herself,

Instead of trying to please everyone else,

So she walked to the forest and stood with the trees,

She heard the wind whisper and dance with the leaves,

She spoke to the willow, the elm and the pine,

And she told them what she’d been told time after time,

She told them she felt she was never enough,

She was either too little or far far too much,

Too loud or too quiet, too fierce or too weak,

Too wise or too foolish, too bold or too meek,

Then she found a small clearing surrounded by firs,

And she stopped…and she heard what the trees said to her,

And she sat there for hours not wanting to leave,

For the forest said nothing, it just let her breathe”

Becky Helmsley

Thursday Tree Love is hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more tree love, visit Parul at: https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-121/

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.

28 thoughts on “Thursday Tree Love: Breathe, a Poem

  1. I love this poem! Thank you for sharing it. Sometimes I feel like that woman and the trees just let me be….

  2. Amen. Beautiful poem, wonderful photo selections.

  3. A wonderful Masterpiece this is!

  4. Happy new, Joanna. I love this poem, thank you so much for sharing it.

  5. Wow, the poem was great and these pics are awesome!

  6. Gorgeous poem – the pictures are so summery, it makes me feel warm.

  7. Beautiful poem to go with the pictures! Just a lovely share! ❤

  8. Beautiful poem!! The forest is totally non-judgmental! Lovely images to go with this great poem.

  9. What a lovely poem and those picture make me long for a walk in the woods and some chirping of birds. Thanks for such a melodious take this edition, JoAnna.

    See you tomorrow.

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