Poet-Tree 15th December 2014 – Tags: , , ,

What does he plant who plants a tree? He plants a friend of sun and sky; He plants the flag of breezes free; The shaft of beauty, towering high; He plants a home to heaven anigh; For song and mother-croon of bird In hushed and happy twilight heard--- The treble of heaven's harmony--- These things he plants who plants a tree. What does he plant who plants a tree? He plants cool shade and tender rain, And seed and bud of days to be, And years that fade and flush again; He plants the forest's heritage; The harvest of a coming age; The joy that unborn eyes shall see--- These things he plants who plants a tree.  What does he plant who plants a tree? He plants, in sap and leaf and wood, In love of home and loyalty And far-cast thought of civic good--- His blessings on the neighborhood Who in the hollow of His hand Holds all the growth of all our land--- A nation's growth from sea to sea Stirs in his heart who plants a tree.One of our Twitter friends, Shirley Harber, just pointed us in the direction of a beautiful poem called In the Heart of the Tree by Henry Cuyler Bunner.

As we slowly descend the other side of a long and positively magical weekend with our amazing literary prize judges, I thought I’d take a silent moment to read and share it with you.

I’ve much to report back to you about our discussions with the judges, including Ru Hartwell, our Word Forest Coordinator, whose unenviable task it is to sort out planting a tree for every entry we received.

There’s heaps of stuff to do and a pile of things to put away, but let’s face it, there are always things to do and countless things that need putting away…

Time for some poet-tree and a cup of tea I think.

The Team

In the Heart of the Tree

What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants a friend of sun and sky;
He plants the flag of breezes free;
The shaft of beauty, towering high;
He plants a home to heaven anigh;
For song and mother-croon of bird
In hushed and happy twilight heard—
The treble of heaven’s harmony—
These things he plants who plants a tree.

What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants cool shade and tender rain,
And seed and bud of days to be,
And years that fade and flush again;
He plants the forest’s heritage;
The harvest of a coming age;
The joy that unborn eyes shall see—
These things he plants who plants a tree.

What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants, in sap and leaf and wood,
In love of home and loyalty
And far-cast thought of civic good—
His blessings on the neighborhood
Who in the hollow of His hand
Holds all the growth of all our land—
A nation’s growth from sea to sea
Stirs in his heart who plants a tree.

Henry Cuyler Bunner: 1855-1896