dVerse — Poetics and earthweal’s OLW #105 — Our Tree Gods

tree from dream (2)image based on a dream I had a few years ago

I dreamt there came a newly found religion
instead of worship three, we worshipped tree
instead of pushed conversion, gathered free
and planted seeds, then danced under our cousins
til shining green in leaves from sea to sea.

To cut a tree would be a painful sin
our punishment not hell but death alive
Clear cut result a hellish damning din
with suffocation we will not survive.

So plant a tree nearby and each day pray
in hopes your neighbors see and follow suit
Revere your giant cousins every day
Your wonder if god exists will be moot

This is my second poem for Ingrid’s dVerse’ Poetics prompt.  The last line is a bit patchy on iambic pentameter, but the hour is late and I’m too tired to tweak it.

I am also linking this to Brendan’s earthweal’s Open Link Weekend, per Ingrid’s suggestion.

51 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Trees sustain life so we should revere them. Lovely poem.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje so true. I can’t think of a better life form to worship.

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  2. Ain says:

    Really like the way you go right into it, making the claim, and in poetic rhyme — in Estonia where I lived I saw that the old Estonian religion has sacred spots in nature, not always trees..

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  3. Ain says:

    Really like the way you go right into it, making the claim, and in poetic rhyme — in Estonia where I lived I saw that the old Estonian religion has sacred spots in nature, not always trees..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sounds like a fascinating place to visit. I know the Japanese do the same with their religion. Not sure if druids officially exist anymore but they probably do in the Celtic lands.

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  4. Lovely poem and the lines inspiring 🌷🙏🌷

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Thattamma, glad you were inspired by it ❤

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  5. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    You beat me to it…with the Lorax!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I still haven’t seen the movie!

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I still like the original Lorax the best but it’s a good little movie…with a good message

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  6. Suzanne says:

    What a wonderful dream and religion. It would be great if it came to pass.

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  7. Ingrid says:

    I love the poem and the message and the image, Lisa! I think this one may well belong at earthweal too 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You read my mind, Ingrid. I will post it at OLW 🙂

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  8. I have a short story written a couple of years ago that fits right into your storyline. I will look for it and post it on my blog then link back to you, with your permission. Lovely poem about our revered but vilified trees. Ami

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ami, I look forward to reading it, yes on permission. Vilified is a good word for it. The most helpless victims of all 😦

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  9. Nice job! That second line (my fav) really drew me int.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yvonne, thank you!

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  10. Helen Dehner says:

    No tweaking required, love the poem’s message ~~~ and the art which is really neat.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, thank you. I drew a small one of it, and when I was in the dream class before the facilitator asked me to bring a pic in so I did a bigger version of it.

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  11. memadtwo says:

    What a wonderful dream. And I love the way the image forms a circle. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it was, Kerfe. I stylized the circle part but the essence of it was this. Still trying to find time to create one for my what I will call “eye” dream.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        Let it marinate.

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  12. Lisa, trees are both inspiring and life-giving. I like that your poem reflects the interconnectedness of all living things! ❤ Intriguing drawing made from your dream!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Cheryl, the dream world gives us so many gifts. It helps us to see.

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  13. Beverly Crawford says:

    Oh, but it’s so well said/

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ May it come to pass!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Just read it Ami and left a comment at your blog. Such a tragedy and I can see why you thought of your story as being connected to my poem.

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      1. Thank you for permitting the link. Yes, the “Religion of Trees” came through for me. 🙂

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Ami, I’m sure there would be some that would try to shut it down also. Too many make too much from trees to allow them to be protected. Just like sweat shops, drug houses, and brothels.

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  14. Lisa is “three” a reference to Catholicism?

    -David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christianity in general. But I’m fairly sure that other religions have their threes also…

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  15. The three to tree is a great starting point…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Bjorn.

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  16. Dale says:

    We forgive you for your supposed sin as this is wonderful!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ You're a dear, thank you, Dale.

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      1. Dale says:

        Just telling it like it is 🙂

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  17. Sherry Marr says:

    Lisa, your poem reminds me of the teachings of the Nuu-chah-nulth people in my area – in the Old WEays, they had strict protocols for how they lived in respect to trees – if women took some bark for cedar headdresses or hats, they left the tree alone for 150 years, so it could heal. I can only imagine the horror with which they view clearcutting and waste of white peoples’ logging methods. I live in old growth, not much of it left, and it hurts that even this small amout are under threat.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sherry, it does my soul good to know trees are respected in other places. Sounds like it has been a religion for them for a long time. So sorry to hear your old growth is under threat.

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  18. Brendan says:

    I’d shine my shoes and knot a green tie for this church! Hand me a shovel and some seeds.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I love your response, Brendan. I’ve been watching Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyer’s series, “The Power of Myth” and it is giving me one continuual goosebump.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much! 🙂

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  19. Deepak Joshi says:

    Great poem, really touch my heart❤ Thank you

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Deepak.

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