and their branches rot and wither."
"Have you ever noticed a tree standing naked against the sky,
How beautiful it is?
All its branches are outlined, and in its nakedness
There is a poem, there is a song . . .."
"And see the peaceful trees extend
their myriad leaves in leisured dance—
they bear the weight of sky and cloud
upon the fountain of their veins."
Kathleen Raine - Envoi
"Tall thriving Trees confessed the fruitful Mold:
The reddening Apple ripens here to Gold,
Here the blue Fig with luscious Juice overflows,
With deeper Red the full Pomegranate glows,
The Branch here bends beneath the weighty Pear,
and verdant Olives flourish round the Year."
"Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness."
"By the grey woods, by the swamp,
where the toad and newt encamp,
by the dismal tarns and pools,
where dwell the Gouls.
By each spot the most unholy,
by each nook most melancholy,
there the traveller meets, aghast,
sheeted memories of the Past.
Shrouded forms that start and sigh,
as they pass the wanderer by.
White-robed forms of friends long given;
In agony, to the Earth - and Heaven."
Edgar Allen Poe - Dreamland
"Ho! Ho! Ho! to the bottle I go.
To heal my heart and drown my woe.
Rain may fall and wind may blow
and many miles be still to go,
but under a tall tree I will lie
and let the clouds go sailing by."
J.R.R.Tolkien - Frodo Baggins - Lord of the Rings