Connected #PoetryFriday

It’s Poetry Friday and Tabatha Yeatts is our hostess this week for the poetry roundup on her blog, The Opposite of Indifference. Perhaps you’ll join us? Tabatha has a lovely invitation to the annual Winter Poetry Swap, in addition to poetry from Samantha Reynolds. I’m signing up for the swap right now!

I’ve been thinking about trees a lot lately. Their autumnal hues are breathtaking here in New England. I have also been reading lots of tree-related literature including The Overstory by Richard Powers. An amazing novel and a must read! You won’t look at trees the same way ever again. I am also interested in learning more about how trees communicate with each other. Can you imagine the information that flows from one to the next in the woods? A subterranean communication system we can not see, nor tap into. Curious and want to learn more? Check out this animated video from the BBC. It explains the Wood Wide Web.

These woody thoughts prompted the following draft of a poem.


Thanks for hosting this week, Tabatha. Bring on the poetry and if you take a walk in the woods this weekend, listen carefully.




10 thoughts on “Connected #PoetryFriday

  1. I’ve read and was amazed by The Overstory, Christie. This shows the plea for understanding well. Humans misunderstand more than we can imagine.


  2. I seem to remember that there’s some kind of tree (aspen? larch?) that clones itself, and it’s amazing to picture how deeply connected a grove like that might be. Thanks for sending us off with these incredible thoughts today. Glad you will be joining us for the Winter Swap!


  3. Trees are fascinating! The Overstory is on my list of books to read. Every review I read makes me want to read it more and more. I’ve added it to my #MustReadIn2020 list. Have you read The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben? It’s brilliant. I recently finished Tree of Dreams by Laura Resau. The magical realism has the tree communicating with the characters in the book.
    I love that your poem says it all.


  4. After watching the video, I understand how important your poem has become, Christie. This is the first time I heard the words, Wood Wide Web. This weekend we were in Massachusetts (near Northampton) and I was intrigued by the trees and their beautiful colors. There was one area where the trees were closely connected. I am going to go back and look at the photos I took to see if I can read into them.


  5. Thanks for your telling poem Christie–I’ve always had this feeling that trees talk and this confirms it! We need to listen to them more closely. Thanks also for the informative video!


  6. I just got “The Hidden Life of Trees” from the library and picked up “The Overstory” for my daughter for Christmas. I love your tree-focused post and poem!


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