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Sonnet 88: Trees

There is never a sight more beautiful
Or so amazing than that of a tree,
In summer with branches and leaves so full
With gently swaying boughs for all to see.

Sure footed roots set so deep in the earth
Where wriggly worms and microbes do dwell
To branches where robins nest and give birth,
Oh how these trees have some stories to tell.

In spring comes gentle rain over the ground
And summer’s heat offers shade from the sun
Autumn leaves see such beauty to be found
And deep winter’s snow can be so much fun.

Trees are the earth’s lungs, not to be destroyed
They’re to be gazed in wonder and enjoyed.

Submitted: Monday, December 16, 2013


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  • Tanya Gupta (3/27/2014 3:25:00 AM)

    lovely poem........well i have also written a poem on trees its -pray for a scene......read it and match your veiws

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  • Om Chawla (2/1/2014 5:37:00 AM)

    Lovely poem of a nature lover who turns environmentalist [ so very appreciable] in last two lines of his sonnet.
    Loved it.
    Yasmeen Khan's quote is very apt.

  • Amitava Sur (1/20/2014 9:03:00 PM)

    A lovely image of a tree is drawn along with it's need & utility
    Trees are the earth’s lungs, not to be destroyed ....... very nice

  • Mac Adrone Adonay (1/17/2014 2:43:00 AM)

    nice poetic tribute to a tree. I have also written a poem about a tree.. by the way, this is a good piece.

  • Kavya . (1/13/2014 10:31:00 PM)

    very true, , , the last 2 lines says it all

    Trees are the earth’s lungs, not to be destroyed
    They’re to be gazed in wonder and enjoyed.

  • Rita Francis (1/2/2014 8:49:00 PM)

    beautiful poem about something I love- trees!

  • Patricia Grantham (1/2/2014 7:04:00 AM)

    Yes it is true. Tthe trees that was so aptly stated is the earths lungs. They cleanses
    the air of many harmful microbes and bacteria. It can grow to majestic heights and
    be a home for many animals, birds and even some humans! A beautiful poems that
    added many highlights in appreciation of the trees.

  • Yasmeen Khan (1/1/2014 10:39:00 AM)

    A beautiful sonnet and ode to trees.......it remembers me Kilmer's
    I THINK that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;

    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

    A tree that may in summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.

    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.''

  • Smoky Hoss (12/30/2013 4:34:00 PM)

    What a beautiful nod to the wonder and majesty of nature; very well done!

  • Joseph Anderson (12/30/2013 1:35:00 PM)

    I thought that I would never see such beauty in your poetry. Your sonnet on the worth of
    trees shows to the world their majestie-10

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