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"There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story." ~Linda Hogan
Drawings & Sketches
Greg's Art Journal
Supporters the Arts
© 2003 by Gregory Hochman
The tree which moves some to tears of joy
is in the eyes of others only a
green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule
deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of
man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.
I frequently tramped eight or ten miles
through the deepest snow
to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind. ~ Bruce Lee
Being thus prepared for us in all ways, and
made beautiful, and good for food, and for building, and for instruments of our
hands, this race of plants, deserving boundless affection and admiration from
us, becomes, in proportion to their obtaining it, a nearly perfect test of our
being in right temper of mind and way of life; so that no one can be far wrong
in either who loves trees enough, and everyone is assuredly wrong in both who
does not love them, if his life has brought them in his way.
I like trees because they seem more
resigned to the way
they have to live than other things do.
I think that I shall
The groves were God's
If a tree dies, plant
another in its place.
And see the peaceful trees extend
The creation of a thousand
forests is in one acorn.
Oak trees come out of acorns,
no matter how unlikely that seems. An acorn is just a tree's way back into
the ground. For another try. Another trip through. One
life for another.
O chestnut tree, great