Friday, January 20, 2012

A Prayer: The Trees

A Prayer: The Trees

Ye who would pass by and raise a hand to us,
heed our prayer
before you harm us.
We are the fuel for your fires on cold nights,
the friendly shade protecting you from the fierce sun;
and our fruits are refreshment to quench your thirst and cheer you
as you journey onwards.

We are the rafters of your roofs and bodies of your boats,
the seats of your stools and
the boards of your beds.
We are the handles of your hoes,
the gates of your homes,
the wood of your cradles
and the shells of your coffins.
We are the saviours of your soil
from the loss by rain and wind,
and to your soil we give richness and life
for the benefit of mankind.

We are the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty.
You who pass us by listen to our prayer
and harm us not.


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