I want to be a tree
reach my arms to heaven’s window
and shatter the sky to pale blue shards,
catch the pieces in my palms
to scatter sunlight on children
locking limbs and laughter
to clamber on my shoulders
as I show them a new world.

I want to echo the casual hubbub
of community life;
breezes like rascals racing
between foliage skirts
and fussy birds squawking
over boundary lines and riffraff cats
too distracted to notice
the insects execute
the penultimate dine-and-dash.
I want them to know this is home
strong and straight,
a foundation for those who leap
with great faith and open wings to soar
until they need to rest, to nest.

I want to dig my toes in
feel rooted in the ground
steadfast in Winter’s stormy face
even if it break my boughs.

And should I fall to forest floor
when living days are done
I’ll rest amongst my children
and give to them once more.

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  1. This makes me very emotional today Maggie. It feels like the grandest of love, what life could be and feel like under the safety and comfort of a love that has no strings. I know this is just my emotional reaction and interpretation, but that is how I read. I find this so beautiful and it also makes me remember things that in turn make me feel so sad, so ungrounded. I have longed for what you offer here, for as long as I can remember.

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    1. I wrote this because I feel like a gooseberry bush but want to be a tree. I feel prickly and awkward and end up hurting those who get too close. Today, I just wanted to feel stable and steadfast like a tree.
      When we are our most vulnerable our poetry takes on a life of its own. It’s why yours is so remarkable, it’s why Bojana’s work shakes our core. I’m so glad to be able to share with you guys πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  2. Beautiful, Maggie. Perfect photo choice: the continual cycle of death and rebirth so visible in our forests.

    Should Earth’s 7 billion humans become trees today, there would be hope to avert our current path towards a “Hothouse Earth.”

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  3. This is a beautiful wish wrapped up in gogeously chosen words, Maggie. The sentiment is wonderful and altruistic. I sometimes wish that such feelings could be somehow bottled and fed into people at the expense of hatred and fear: what a glorious species we could be.
    Thank you for this.

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  4. I was finally able to read this with a quiet mind and an open heart…this right here is mother nature in poetic form. It will float in my soul for a long time.

    The final stanza leaves me green with envy – pun intended πŸ˜‰


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