Talking to Trees

I recently read The Overstory by Richard Powers, a recent Pulitzer Prize winner. It took me longer to read than do most books because some parts of it are just so overwhelmingly sad — and real. The book examines the lives of a number of disparate people who are all, in one way or another, involved in trying to save old growth forests.

And, at times, the discussion of how timber companies are relentlessly cutting down every scrap of timber that they can, well, it’s enough to make you cry.

I don’t pretend to know the answer. I don’t know how you convince people to care so much for the world that their children and grandchildren will inhabit that they will change the way they do business. What I do know is that we have to try.

Have you ever had a relationship with a tree?

Picture found here.

2 responses to “Talking to Trees

  1. The Japanese maple in front of my childhood home is an old friend. We’ve grown up together. My heart breaks for the forests.

  2. rowanandroses

    I grew up in a part of Allegheny forest, most of which has been developed now. The only reason my little section of the world still remains is because it anchors the hillside under the houses built at the top. As a child, I knew all the names of the trees around our home and loved listening to them talk to each other throughout the seasons. Now I am older, and letting the trees replant themselves on my new land while the homes around me silence the voices of the oaks on their properties. Progress isn’t progress – people are too busy to listen for the voices of the woods.

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