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Earth Day Poem: The Note on the Tree

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In honor of Earth Day today, here’s a poem that according to legend, many Portuguese people would attach to trees in their forests:

Ye who passes by and would raise your hand against me, harken ‘ere you harm me.

I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing, quenching your thirst as you journey on.

I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you lie, the timber that builds your boat.

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I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin.

I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty. 

Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer, harm me not.

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1 SHAWNEE PAPINCAK { 04.24.15 at 5:42 pm }

This rings so true and what a magnificent poem for a tree and such a lovely way to honor one of our greatest gifts a “TREE” 😀

2 marianne { 04.22.14 at 11:19 pm }

such a simple thought and so full of meaning.
we really only have one home forever.

3 hedy { 04.22.14 at 8:35 pm }

Wow! Like what it says. So true.

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