A BLESSING

A BLESSING

Dear Tree–

You are there every morning
when I wake up
you breathe into the night
while I sleep I dream

the wind is a friend you welcome
into a dance wild and free

you refuse no visitor
from the racoon down the street
the crow who strides your branches
or the lowly caterpillar who’ll munch
every leaf given the chance

I watch you spread arms and
turn your face to the sun

I have rested my back to yours
felt the warmth coming up
from roots that dig deep
to touch the tips of my fingers

I sing to you
hum words only you can hear

you drop acorns at my feet
so I may feast on your bounty

you tap me lightly on the head
want me to pay attention
to what travels the air between us

I lift my heart to yours

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