Tuesday, October 25, 2016


I Love A Tree

When I pass to my reward
Whenever that may be,
I'd like my friends to think of me
As one who loved a tree.
I may not have a statesman's poise,
Nor thrill a throng with speech,
But I may benefit mankind
If I set out a beech.
If I transport a sapling oak
To rear its mighty head.
Twill make for them a childhood shrine,
That will not soon decay.
Or if I plant a tree with fruit
On which the birds may feed,
Then I have fostered feathered friends
And that's a worthy deed.
For winter when the days grow short
And spirits may run low,
I'd plant a pine upon the scape
T'would lend a cheery glow.
I'd like a tree to mark the spot
Where I am laid to rest
For that would be the epitaph
That I would like the best.
Tho it's not carved upon a stone
For those who come to see,
But friends would know that resting there
Is he, who loved a tree.

~Samuel N. Baxter~


  1. YES.
    And if I get my druthers, I will have an eco funeral and will indeed feed the tree at my head...

  2. Glorious colours in this photo, Denise, and this is a lovely poem.

  3. This tree is gorgeous and spectacular!!! To me, it is not random, but very special. And the poem is a perfect pairing with it. Great poem!

  4. The poem is lovely. Trees are so beaitiful now

  5. Beautiful tree and the words of you...

  6. Hi Denise, beautiful tree and lovely words and so true. Regards John

  7. Uma bela árvore pintada com as cores do Outono, fantástico.
    Um abraço e boa semana.

  8. that would be a good enough legacy for me, too.

  9. that tree is gorgeous and get poem to go with!

  10. I am sure he would have loved this glowing tree a lot...

  11. Oh dear, that beautiful tree photo, reminds me of the beautiful old Oak, which a new owner of the lot next door, cut down. -sighhhhhhh-

    Luna Crone

  12. Hello, pretty tree and poem! Lovely words and post! Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  13. Love this poem...you always post such nice ones. We must have similar tastes since I always like them.

  14. Beautiful light and color in this shot.

  15. I like this --- I like the poem as well. Nice post.

  16. How nice is your tree in the sunshine!

  17. I love this tree ...
    I liked the poem too.

    Thank you

    All the best Jan

  18. I will be perfectly happy if my ashes serve to provide nutrients for a tree. For me that will immortality writ as large as it gets.

  19. Nice picture and words.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  20. ah...Live life the most and be happy. Lovely photo

  21. It's a wonderful tree. I couldn't live without trees. A friend of mine, many years ago, went to work in the arctic (the pay was VERY good) and he stuck it out for two years. He said that he got used to the cold and other conditions but he could never escape his longing for trees. That's what finally drove him back south.


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