In The Language of Trees

I am scrolling through news of the tragic aftermath of the atmospheric river that deluged much of BC, destroying lives, livelihoods, homes, and infrastructure.

I am sitting at my desk looking out at the autumn-naked branches of the trees that line the river.

And I think about the pain thy must feel at the loss of their brothers and sisters this past summer as wildfires swept through BC’s interior.

And I wonder if they are hurting now in the sadness of knowing many of their sisters and brothers were swept in the storm’s wake — and how, if they could only have stood their ground against the fires, some of what happened might not have been.

I am breathing into the trees this morning. Breathing and listening, deeply, to their pain and what they have to say.

In The Language Of Trees
by Louise Gallagher

The language of trees
lays buried
deep within their roots
digging into the earth
stretching their arms
in search
of whispers of life
within the cracks and crevices
of time lying still
beneath Mother Nature’s soiled covers.

The language of trees
is felt
rising up through crenellated bark
and rugged trunks
standing tall
against the wind 
hurling obscenities
at their unwillingness
to give up ground
to its demands.

The language of trees
is heard deep
within the sibilant whispers
of its leaves
telling stories
to the birds and bees
and scampering squirrels
who clamber along its branches
in search of place to hide
through winter’s storms.

The language of trees
is written

We must listen
before it’s too late
to hear
their roots calling us
to help them 
stay grounded.

11 thoughts on “In The Language of Trees

  1. It is disheartening to see the absolute devastation in the plains area. The human death toll surprisingly has been quite low and given the suddenness of the mud slides etc it could have been quite high. The amount of dairy cows, pigs and poultry dead will have a huge impact on the price and availability of meat and milk. I feel so bad for the dairy farmers – it takes decades to build up a good herd.
    Yes the trees and the earth are talking to us. Are we listening?

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    • Like you Bernie, I am surprised and relieved to see few humans lost their lives (and sad that some did) — the devastation and loss of animal life are horrendous. I have had to stop watching the videos of cows and other animals being rescued by so many brave, caring volunteers — I just keep crying and feeling helpless when I watch.

      I do hope we all listen deeply to what they have to say. We need them to survive so we can too.


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