Dverse – MTB/Form – Ginkgo Circuitry

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I’ve been waiting for awhile now
You hug me as I hug sky now
My cool bark ‘gainst your warm skin
Tree and human; sky are kin
Feel the circuit now a-hum
Atoms swirling as if one
I’ve been waiting for awhile now
You hug me as I hug sky now

This poem was inspired by the trip I took to a Manistee bird and tree sanctuary in July. There I met a ginkgo tree who was receptive to being hugged by a human. The sky was delighted.

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Here’s a pic of my backyard ginkgo.  I bought the tree in 2012 and it was about 4 feet high.  It’s now about 6.5 feet high.  Ginkgo grow slowly.  I wonder how old the ones in Manistee are?

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Grace is today’s host of dVerse’ Meet the Bar/Poetry Form. Grace says:
Write an Octelle form poem.

47 Comments Add yours

  1. Grace says:

    How lovely to hug the tree, and also the sky. Take care of that gingko tree in your backyard. This line shows our connection to nature: Tree and human; sky are kin.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Its loving energy poured into me and mine into the tree. I could feel the sky smiling through the leaves. A truly spiritual experience. Thank you for your lovely comment, Grace.

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  2. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    You really connected to the prompt big-time. I loved “my cool bark ‘gainst your warm skin”–almost erotic.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glenn I can see where you could grok such. It was electric like that.

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  3. I so love this, Li! ❤️ Hugging trees fills one with peace and calm.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, happy you connect with it and enjoyed the poem. Thank you ❤

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  4. sanaarizvi says:

    This is absolutely stunning!! I especially love; “My cool bark ‘gainst your warm skin/
    Tree and human; sky are kin.” 💖💖

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sanaa, thank you very much, dear. ❤ ❤

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  5. Sunra Rainz says:

    I love seeing this experience from the tree’s point of view! Especially these lines:

    “Tree and human; sky are kin
    Feel the circuit now a-hum
    Atoms swirling as if one.”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sunra, thank you so much. Grace gave us the tools to build with 🙂

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  6. coalblack says:

    You tree-hugger, you! 🙂

    –Shay

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Shay! Been a tree-hugger from way back.

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  7. Gillena Cox says:

    Awww, tree hugging is nice.

    Happy Thursday

    Much💖love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Gillena ❤

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  8. memadtwo says:

    Such wonderful greens. The photo echoes the embrace. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s been a lush summer here like no other I’ve seen. Thanks, K.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        It’s still green here too which is unusual for August.

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  9. What a sacred moment of connection and appreciation – true poetry! ❤️🌳❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Tricia, it was. The experience with the ginkgo and the other humongous trees there left me feeling like my battery was charged. I bet I glowed in the dark that night lol

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      1. I bet you did, a tree rendezvous sounds like a great time!

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  10. Truedessa says:

    I love the connection and energy in this piece. Especially admire the following line:I believe trees heal so I am a hugger.

    Tree and human; sky are kin
    Feel the circuit now a-hum

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Truedessa I believe they do also. I needed a dose from that tree in a bad way. Thank you for your kind comment.

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  11. Sadje says:

    Beautiful, inspiring poem Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re always welcome my friend

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  12. Nitin Lalit says:

    Wonderful poem about everything being part of a whole and connected in every way.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Nitin, thank you, and yes 🙂

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  13. Yes we are kin! We hug the tree and it hugs the sky. We are all connected through energy. I love this!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christine, thanks much and glad you see it.

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  14. This poem is as beautiful as the warmth of the ginkgo tree. I can almost feel the tree bark through your words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Tanmay so glad you connect with it ❤

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  15. Trees do seem to hug the sky. Nice observation 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ Thanks, Jane!

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  16. rothpoetry says:

    I always knew you were a tree hugger! :>) That is a beautiful tree! Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks a bunch. I should show my little tree a pic of her big sister to show her how she will be at some point.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        Ha ha… maybe hang a photo on her limb!

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  17. Mish says:

    As a tree hugger myself, I love the idea that the tree needs the hug as much as I need to hug it. There is an energy I cannot define….but you have here!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Happy to hear it, Mish ❤

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  18. Rob Kistner says:

    Excellent write Lisa. I wish so many more people felt this circular connection with nature and the universe. It baffles me that anyone cold not see this profound interconnectedness!? I think some folks have their heads do far ip their asses that they can’t see.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rob, thank you and I don’t understand it either 😦

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  19. Dale says:

    This is lovely, Lisa. And ginkos are the coolest (though I hear they can be stinky?)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, I have heard the fruit can be stinky also. I’ve never seen one blossoming or with fruit so I have that experience to look forward to 🙂 One of the guys at the preserve lived much of his life in Chicago. He said there were fruiting ginkgo near his residence. He confirmed they stink. He also said that people came from all directions to gather the fruit. He didn’t know what they made with it, but I plan on finding out. Also, the leaves of the tree can steeped for tea and are supposed to have memory improvement qualities. It’s a magical tree with an unpleasant attribute that I’m willing to overlook.

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      1. Dale says:

        When I went to Delaware, we saw lots of them and I don’t remember any stink. Then again, I don’t remember any fruit, either.
        I think if is too nice a tree to judge it by it’s stinky fruit… which can be used? even better.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Nice to know that there are a lot of them in Delaware. Kerfe says there are a lot of them in NYC also. I think they are a hardy tree. Something else in their favor.

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          1. Dale says:

            I know I have seen one in my home town… Not that I can remember where… but come fall, I’m sure to find it!

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  20. M Jay Dixit says:

    So wholesome! Amazing personification, Lisa 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Jay, thank you. So happy you connected with the poem 🙂

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