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Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest


Let trees be consulted . . .


Thanksgiving Day 2008. We may be coerced into simpler, also more complicated lives in the next few years, and this poem may be tongue-in-cheek, but sustainably speaking, on the money.

Mt- Rainier 8-2 6

Let the trees be consulted . . .

before you take any action

every time you breathe in

thank a tree

let treeroots crack parking lots

at the world bank headquarters

let loggers be druids

specially trained and rewarded

to sacrifice trees at auspicious times

let carpenters be master artisans

let lumber be treasured like gold

let chainsaws be played like saxophones

let soldiers on maneuvers plant trees

give police and criminals

a shovel and a thousand seedlings

let businessmen carry pocketfuls of acorns

let newlyweds honeymoon in the woods

walk don’t drive

stop reading newspapers

stop writing poetry

squat under a tree

and tell stories

A poem by John Wright from the Earth Prayers collection

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, abundant with food, stories and love.

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