Earth. Day. 2018.



As I prepare for a wonderful Earth Day Sunday at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, I offer this poem for your reflection by the great poet W.S. Merwin. I love this poem. I love Merwin’s poetry. Just to see. To see a tree is a gift. A moment of Spirit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I, and if you’re in Los Angeles this Sunday, I hope you will join me for what promises to be a spectacular Sunday. Take a Breath. Love God. Notice a tree.


I am looking at trees
they may be one of the things I will miss
most from the earth
though many of the ones I have seen
already I cannot remember
and though I seldom embrace the ones I see
and have never been able to speak
with one
I listen to them tenderly
their names have never touched them
they have stood round my sleep
and when it was forbidden to climb them
they have carried me in their branches



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