Poetry Friday ~ Trees

31 Jul
Photo by Faye Cornish

Hi, everyone! A warm welcome to my blog.

It’s the fourth week of July! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Sue Vincent selected the theme this week with a quote prompt:

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.” Herman Hesse

Methuselah – The oldest tree in the world

What a beautiful quote chosen by Sue Vincent to challenge us this week. I love nature and that of course, includes trees. Methuselah is one of the world’s oldest living organism. This tree has been alive for approx. 4,789 years and still counting! Consider all the changes the world has gone through in that amount of time and yet, this tree is still standing. Methuselah lives on a isolated mountain top in California (USA). I’d love to be in her presence someday.

METHUSELAH

On a desolate mountain top you breathe

Teaching us lessons of survival

Gnarled and twisted you stand your ground

The Earth’s oldest living thing

For four millennia

You’ve observed the world

Your endurance

Your spirit

Inspires

Awe

Photo by Jeremy Bishop

I hope everyone enjoyed the post. Have a lovely Friday and weekend! ❤

54 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Trees”

  1. William July 31, 2020 at 3:36 pm #

    Well I for one would love to celebrate Methuselah’s 4,800th birthday with her

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  2. John W. Howell July 31, 2020 at 3:43 pm #

    Great poem, Vashti. Have a terrific weekend as well.

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  3. Bette A. Stevens July 31, 2020 at 3:51 pm #

    Well done! 🙂 Wishing you a great weekend too!

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  4. Annette Rochelle Aben July 31, 2020 at 3:53 pm #

    I want to hug that tree! ❤

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  5. coldhandboyack July 31, 2020 at 4:28 pm #

    Methuselah is a bristlecone pine. We had them where I grew up, but you had to climb way up to the mountain tops to see them. They are pretty awe inspiring.

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    • Vashti Q August 2, 2020 at 7:06 pm #

      I read that she’s a bristlecone pine and also, that she lives on a mountain top in California. So that’s where you’re from originally?

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      • coldhandboyack August 2, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

        No. They are on mountaintops all over the west. I’m from Northern Nevada originally.

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    • Vashti Q August 6, 2020 at 10:04 am #

      Oh cool. Good to know.😊

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  6. Miriam Hurdle July 31, 2020 at 4:45 pm #

    This tree is awesome, Vashti! The oldest tree in the world – I want to see it and touch it. Good job locating the tree. Your poem is beautiful!

    “The tree’s exact location is kept a secret in order to protect it from arson. The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is at an elevation of 10,000.” 🙂

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    • Vashti Q August 2, 2020 at 7:13 pm #

      I want to see it and touch it too. I read that it’s located on a mountain top in California. Thank you very much, my friend! 🙂 ❤

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  7. Priscilla Bettis July 31, 2020 at 6:03 pm #

    Imagine the things Methuselah has seen! Great response to the prompt.:-)

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    • Vashti Q August 2, 2020 at 7:14 pm #

      Me too! 😀 Thank you, Priscilla! ❤

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  8. D.L. Finn, Author July 31, 2020 at 11:57 pm #

    Beautiful poem, Vashti:) I would love to stand next to this tree too…I feel such a strong presence next to redwood and can only imagine:) xo

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    • Vashti Q August 2, 2020 at 7:17 pm #

      That would be an amazing experience. The voyage up to where she lives would definitely be challenging but worthwhile, I’m sure. ❤

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  9. Jill Weatherholt August 1, 2020 at 7:15 am #

    Lovely poem, Vashti. Have a great weekend!

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  10. yvettemcalleiro August 1, 2020 at 1:37 pm #

    These pictures alone bring me calm. I love trees, especially willow trees. There is just something so grounding about them. When I go on vacation, I always find myself taking pictures with trees. Lol!

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    • Vashti Q August 2, 2020 at 7:23 pm #

      You’re right, there’s something calming and soothing about trees. When I visited Japan I took so many pictures of trees. Ha, ha. ❤

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  11. Colleen M. Chesebro August 1, 2020 at 4:34 pm #

    What a fabulous, Etheree poem, Sis. I love this ages old tree. Imagine all that its seen! Wow. Don’t forget to add your URL link to Mr. Linky. ❤

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  12. Jan Sikes August 1, 2020 at 5:35 pm #

    I, too, would love to be in her presence and just breathe! What a fantastic Etheree!! Well-done!

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    • Vashti Q August 3, 2020 at 3:43 pm #

      That’s a lovely thought, Jan. Thank you very much! Have a fabulous new week, my friend! ❤ xo

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  13. dgkaye August 1, 2020 at 5:41 pm #

    Perfect and a fitting story Vashti! Sorry I can’t ‘like’ as my laptop died and I’m on an old clunker who doesn’t play nice with WP. Lucky I can share on some blogs and comment LOL. Gotta love full moons! ❤

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    • Vashti Q August 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm #

      Don’t worry about it. I have trouble ‘liking’ with my phone for some reason. Thank you for the visit and comment, and I hope you get a new laptop soon. ❤ xo

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      • dgkaye August 3, 2020 at 7:46 pm #

        Thanks Vashti. On order, long wait time, 2 more weeks! 😦 ❤

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  14. Jessica Bakkers August 1, 2020 at 8:23 pm #

    Beautiful piece, Vashti. Boy I’d love to visit that old tree. The closest I’ve seen in real life is a Huon Pine down in Tasmania that’s 1800 years old. That was impressive enough!

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    • Vashti Q August 3, 2020 at 5:05 pm #

      Hi, Jessica! Thank you. I’m happy you enjoyed the Etheree. Oooh! Tasmania is on my list of places to visit. That must have been an amazing experience. 😀 xo

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      • Jessica Bakkers August 3, 2020 at 9:28 pm #

        Tassie’s beautiful, Vashti. I was lucky enough to live there for a few years, and hope one day to retire there!

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    • Vashti Q August 6, 2020 at 10:07 am #

      That must have been some adventure. I’d love to read about it sometime.👏😀

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  15. Writing to Freedom August 2, 2020 at 5:26 pm #

    Delightful poem and tribute to a gorgeous tree. What stories it could tell!

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  16. Elizabeth August 3, 2020 at 9:39 am #

    Wow! Thanks for the introduction! It sees a majestic tree, and your poem describes it well!

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    • Vashti Q August 3, 2020 at 5:38 pm #

      Hi, Elizabeth! Could you imagine if Methuselah could talk? What wondrous stories and history she would reveal. Empires have risen and fallen in the time she’s been alive. It’s unbelievable. Thank you! ❤

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  17. Natalie Ducey August 3, 2020 at 10:58 am #

    Lovely poem, Vashti. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    I hope you’re well and safe. Watching the news and hoping all is okay. xo

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    • Vashti Q August 3, 2020 at 5:55 pm #

      My family and I are doing fine. Of course, wishing this pandemic was over, but taking every precausion to stay healthy. I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. I’m happy you enjoyed the Etheree. Thank you, my friend! ❤ xo

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  18. merrildsmith August 3, 2020 at 2:43 pm #

    Lovely! Old trees are extra special.

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  19. D. Wallace Peach August 6, 2020 at 6:23 pm #

    That is one old tree, Vashti. This tree-hugger loves your poem. 🙂

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  20. robbiesinspiration August 10, 2020 at 6:53 am #

    This is a lovely poem, VAshti.

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  21. Geri Lawhon September 10, 2020 at 10:43 am #

    Gorgeous poem, pictures, plus the wonderful info about the oldest tree. I would so much like to go and see Methuselah, and might after all the virus stuff is over. Thanks for this post

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    • Geri Lawhon September 10, 2020 at 10:46 am #

      I just did some research, and it would be hard to find and get too.

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      • Vashti Q September 11, 2020 at 1:33 pm #

        I did some more research and found the same thing. You would think they would have some kind of expedition to the see one of the oldest and most popular trees in the world. Oh well. ❤

        Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 11, 2020 at 1:30 pm #

      Hi, Geri! I see you have an adventurous spirit like I do. That would be an exciting adventure. 😀

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