A Dream of Trees

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There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees, A quiet house, some green and modest acres A little way from every troubling town, A little way from factories, schools, laments. I would have time, I thought, and time to spare, With only streams and birds for company, To build out of my life a few wild stanzas. And then it came to me, that so was death, A little way away from everywhere.

There is a thing in me still dreams of trees. But let it go. Homesick for moderation, Half the world's artists shrink or fall away. If any find solution, let him tell it. Meanwhile I bend my heart toward lamentation Where, as the times implore our true involvement, The blades of every crisis point the way.

I would it were not so, but so it is. Who ever made music of a mild day?

––(c) Mary Oliver

  • Do you feel the times implore your true involvement? If so, what does that involvement look like to you?
  • We live in challenging times, how might that help bring out your internal music??
  • Begin a poem with the lines, "There is a thing in me still dreams of [name it]....