As I finish compiling a collection of poems, I’ve had to let many things go, including some grand quotes about trees. Since I can’t squeeze all of these beautiful bits into the book, I thought I’d share some here:
The one who’s lying on his back under tall trees
is also up there within them.
— Tomas Tranströmer, “Breathing Space, July”
The trees spoke of patience.
— Suzanne Simard, Finding the Mother Tree
[I]n the language of trees there’s no grammatical mood: questions, statements, or commands—it’s all song, stripped of anything like judgement, intention, or need.
—Carl Phillips, Then the War and Selected Poems
Day brings what is going to be. Trees—
wherever they are—begin to stand.
— William Stafford, “Letting You Go”
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit.
—Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT