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Friday, February 22, 2013

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. ~Chinese Proverb

The old mesquite tree in our backyard..............no matter how weathered and tattered it may look...........I love it!
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
~Joyce Kilmer,
 "Trees," 1914


Celestina Marie said...

Oh this is beautiful. I loved the poem and the tree is a beauty.
I did not know about the tree planting. But good to know.

I was just at your other blog and always enjoy visiting both your sites.
Have a wonderful Friday and great weekend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Connie said...

It is indeed a beautiful tree! Great photo, Kathleen, and I have always loved that poem. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Paula said...

That was wonderful, Kathleen~ I hadn't read that poem in years but it is a fitting tribute for your mesquite tree!

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

I've always loved that poem, we memorized it in school. And yes, this day is a perfect day to plant a tree.

Nancy J said...

Lovely tree, good branches and a shape that is really pretty, even when bare. LIke the words about planting a tree. super poem, the first time I have read it. Enjoy your weekend Kathleen, greetings from Jean

jennifer768 said...

Beautiful!Thanks so much for sharing.Have a wonderful weekend.Hugs,Jen

Barbee' said...

Hello from Kentucky: I just now found your blog and look forward to many more happy visits.

Michaele said...

Such an integral part of Texas : )

lil red hen said...

Twenty four years ago we planted a willow oak in front of the house. Now it's big and pretty, with a wonderful shade. Love the poem!

magnoliasntea said...

Hi Kathleen!
That Chinese proverb is so true. There are lots of trees I wish I'd planted years ago.
Your mesquite has lots of character.
Have a great weekend!

Sunny said...

I agree with that "proverb", Kathleen. Although my PA home had plenty of trees when I moved there last spring, I planted 2 river birch and 2 Alaskan Weeping Ceder trees. I am looking forward to getting back ther (from AZ) to see how they are doing this spring. I also miss my 2 humongous oaks and the red-leafed trees near my back deck. I think I have had almost enough "tree-less-ness" here in AZ for this year :) Have a wonderful Spring-time!!

A Colorful World said...

I have always loved that poem, and I do love trees! Your mesquite is wonderful! I will have to take a picture of the little mesquite we planted last year in our yard once it leafs out again!