An oak tree stands by the riverside

by Toby, age 10

 

An oak tree stands by the riverside
a thousand years old, maybe more
dominant
elder
his majesty of the forest

An oak tree stands by the riverside
antlers piercing the canopy
home to innumerable creatures
beetles burrowing
caterpillars crawling
an egg nursery
a nesting site for all

An oak tree stands by the riverside
an autotroph
his roots gold mines assisted by mycorrhizal fungi
drilling for water
a photosynthetic battery of energy lies at his core
powered by his green solar panels

An oak tree stands by the riverside
tall and still
steadfast
do not doubt his humbleness
he is king of nature
his brothers princes
do not doubt his value
worship
cherish

An oak tree stands by the riverside
the lungs of the world
our very breath
next time you see one
think of that

An oak tree stands by the riverside
for how long is up to you…

 

Vote now!