I have always liked

The look

The smell

The touch of trees

Old or young




With or without leaves

I like their shape

Their form

Their fruit

Their spawn

I like the way they grow

Tall sharp and upright

Buckled or bent

Blown and hewn

Not manicured or sawn

I like their roots

The way they

Spread, rise

Contorted and worn

Every branch, twig and thorn

A bark that’s gnarled

Ridged, flaked

With a skin of horn

I like trees

In a forest

In a copse

Standing in a grove

Huddled on a hill

In a field

All alone

The way they Breath

Creaking in and out

Back and forth

Knowing with the wind

How and when to yield

I like trees

Stripped or in green flush

Always present

Even when fallen

Decaying and moulding

Never giving up

Still giving all they‘ve got 

◄ Napalm death

The enemy ►


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Martin Elder

Sat 2nd Jan 2016 22:28

Thanks for your appreciation J, for me trees never stop being beautiful what ever the season what ever their state. we need to make sure that we are good stewards of them all as well as the rest of the earth's resources.

J Graham

Fri 1st Jan 2016 21:11

Love your outlook on trees, I never looked at them in that specific way. I tend to look at them from a more general point of view admiring their beauty from far. I will now appreciate them a little more :)
Thank you!

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Martin Elder

Wed 23rd Dec 2015 22:37

Thanks for your comments guys a really feel a sense of peace amongst trees and am forever taking photographs of them. I agree with you M.C they are a wonderful creation.
Oaks are among my favourites Ray, there is something sold and dependable about them. Cheers

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Sat 19th Dec 2015 22:28

This has such a lovely flow to the words that it's like being in the present of the trees themselves Martin. I had to make a lifestyle choice of who to be with once, and I sat under a big oak to help me make that decision. I believe it was the right one - so thanks again.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 19th Dec 2015 17:47

A welcome "paean" of praise to one of nature's great
creations, standing guard over life itself. I agree with
every line of this affirmation of our worldly dependence
on their existence.

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