Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Magnificent Magnolias

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
I have a thing for trees, Okay, so I’m admitting it. Walking around the French Quarter, it was impossible to miss these stately trees. I didn’t know what they were, and finally one day my walking partner asked someone and they told us they were magnolias. I had no idea magnolias grew that large.

I had never seen such trees where a single, huge limb spread ever outward, unsupported for such great lengths. Such shiny, smooth bark. They called out to me from their protective fenced-in gardens. I wanted to reach out my hand and touch their smooth surface, to tap into their strength and feel the power of the Earth surging through them.
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I found this poem below which seems to sum it up for me.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Breath
by J. Daniel Beaudry

Tree, gather up my thoughts
like the clouds in your branches.
Draw up my soul
like the waters in your root.
In the arteries of your trunk
bring me together.
Through your leaves
breathe out the sky.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Can you imagine them in bloom?

Comments:

What magnificent trees, and I love that poem!

Beautiful, all.

~firefly

The pics are magnificent! Wow!! Thank you so much for these glimpses of the magnolias. (Imagine me bowing sincerely before these great beings.)

Thanks Reya! That’s kind of how I felt about them!

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