What Do Trees Think About In The Morning?

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What do trees
think about
in the morning,

as the sun's golden light
touches each of their branches,
gently awakening them
to a new day?

Do they give thanks Kai Poem 4just to be alive?

Do they lift their branches
in heartfelt gratitude
for the generous gifts
of this green earth,

for neighbors and friends
both near and far,
for the parents
who gave them life,
and the ancestors
who came before them?

Are they proud
to be part
of a vast and ancient guild
of skilled artisans,

performing the essential alchemy
of transmuting
sunlight, water, and air

into leaves and branches,
fruits and seeds,
and air for countless creatures
to breathe?

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Is it thrilling
to work this everyday magic,
to create so much
from such simple materials?

How does it feel
to do this noble, essential work,
to give so much
to so many

and ask so little in return,
day after day,
year after year?

Do they ever
get tired of giving?

Do they ever
want to be
appreciated more?

What do trees think about
in the morning?

~ Kai Siedenburg

Kai poem pt 2 1000

Kai in forestKai Siedenburg is a nature connection guide and writer who helps people cultivate mindful, intimate, and healing relationships with the natural world for the benefit of all beings. She offers group programs and individual sessions, and is writing a personal, practical, and poetic guide to connecting with nature for modern humans. She loves to be with, listen to, co-create with, and (yes) hug trees. She is also a treesister.

This poem came while she was on silent retreat, watching the morning sun moving gently over the bodies of the trees and feeling into what they might be experiencing.


All photos are courtesy of Kai and are top and bottom ones are the very trees that inspired this lovely poem.

Visit her website for more original poetry, tips for deepening your connection with trees, program info, and more.

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