OctPoWriMo2019 Day 13 — The Sycamores of Sweet Street and earthweal OLW 53

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Lovingly I see you, sycamores of Sweet Street.
You flow along as kin to build a canopy.
Mottled skin and royal crown, side to side and down,
who could be beneath your boughs and consider frowns?
Along the blocks we stroll, in perfect shade of thee.

Looking up are jewels of light between your leaves,
sparkling bright with patterns, soft grey skin with weaves.
Autumn brings your seed pods, dear dangling prickly rounds,
dear sycamores of Sweet Street.

You trees have been here. So have we. As we shall be,
in peace on Earth. We share our space as we live, breathe.
Ecosystems network expanding life abounds,
thriving under heaven’s grace, sunshine, and the clouds.
Your sacredness gives us blessings; we protect you and are free,
dear sycamores of Sweet Street.

Punam is today’s host of OctPoWriMo.  Punam says:

Today’s Prompt: Hugging a Tree
The Bishnois of India are known to be one of the earliest tree huggers. In 1730, 363 Bishnois were killed while trying to peacefully protect a grove of Khejri trees in the village of Khejarli. This was also a precursor to the 20th century Chipko movement.

Recent studies have proved that trees provide health benefits.Hugging a tree increases levels of oxytocin, which is responsible for feelings of love, bonding  and well-being.

Have you been to a park or a forest lately? Did you notice the trees there? Do you know the names of the trees lining your street? And have you ever hugged a tree?
Which is your favourite tree memory?

Word Prompts:
trunk
Bough
Texture
Bark
Shade

Suggested Poetry Form: Rondeau

 

Exploring poetry in all its forms.
 
 
 
Image link here
There is an actual Sweet Street in Grand Rapids, MI lined with sycamore trees.  I drive it every time I go to volunteer at the cat shelter.
 
 
I am also linking this with earthweal‘s Open Link Weekend.  Brendan, I chose this one because you were talking about sycamores this week.
 

22 Comments Add yours

  1. memadtwo says:

    I love paths like that, lined by trees. Magic! (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks. This street (Sweet, not the one in the picture here) is one I drive down on my way to the cat shelter. If the sun is shining one of these times I’ll try to remember to take a pic of it.

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  2. rothpoetry says:

    I really love the trees and the flow of your poem which matches perfectly.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dwight!

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  3. Beth Camp says:

    We have a similar street here, lined with tall maples and elms. Sadly an early winter storm last week took down limbs all over our city. So, your lovely poem reminds me of all the times we’ve walked underneath this beauty — without realizing how fragile these trees are. Perhaps like us.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Beth thank you very much for your lovely comment.

      Like

  4. Sadje says:

    Beautifully written Li! Thanks for sharing very interesting information.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks very much, Sadje 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        A pleasure Li

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  5. Such a beautiful tribute to the trees lining your street! Most times we don’t even look at them!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Punam, and thank you for a prompt on my favorite neighbors.

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      1. You are welcome on both counts! 🙂

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  6. S. M. Saves says:

    Fantastic imagery! Sounds like a beautiful place to take a walk and be amongst the trees.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, it is.

      Like

  7. Sherry Marr says:

    Ah, how lovely, the sycamores of Sweet Street. A beautiful hymn to their beauty.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sherry, thank you!

      Like

  8. kim881 says:

    As you know, Lisa, I adore poems about trees, and your sycamores of Sweet Street have me enchanted! I love the image of ‘Mottled skin and royal crown, side to side and down’ and ‘jewels of light between your leaves, / sparkling bright with patterns, soft grey skin with weaves’.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy the poem pleases you, Kim 🙂

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  9. Ingrid says:

    This is a delightful image! We have a similar street (well, actually, a road) near where we live that is lined with Mediterranean pines – I just love tree-lined avenues!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Tree-lined human pathways always feel so welcoming. Nice to think of you traveling along the pine avenue.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. earthweal says:

    Aw, sycamores. Thank you so much. What gifts they become when we remember to thank them! Thank you for showing us how. – Brendan

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You are very welcome.

      Like

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