The result is that the city began to receive messages of appreciation for the trees--essentially love letters.
It’s a dynamic that is playing out more broadly, too, in concert with a profound shift toward the ubiquity of interactive, cloud-connected technologies. Modern tools for communicating, publishing, and networking aren't just for connecting to other humans, but end up establishing relationships between people and anthropomorphized non-human objects, too.
The above quote is from an article found in July on The Atlantic magazine website.
Of course, when thinking of love letters to trees, it's hard not to think of Joyce Kilmer's poem, "Trees," which had been around for a hundred and two years, having first appeared in Poetry Magazine in August 1913.
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.
In our children's room, we have two books that are devoted to poems about trees, Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems by Kristine O'Connell George [J 811 GEO] and Poetrees by Douglas Florian [J 811.54 FLO].
Many other tree poems are found within poetry collections, including this joyous haiku by Issa found in Today and Today (Poems by Issa, illustrated by G. Brian Karas) [895.6 KOB]:
Just being alive!
--miraculous to be in
cherry blossom shadows!
Start the Labor Day weekend right by stopping by Teacher Dance for the Poetry Friday Round-Up, and then go out and love some trees!