Friendship – another tree tanka

Friendship

Trees like to hold hands
Bending branches to link leaves
They forge deep friendships

Swaying with the wind—they dance
Under the moonlight—romance

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Ken Chawkin
Fairfield, Iowa
August 1, 2010

Also see: Willow Tree – a tanka – from a tree’s perspective

And: What Do Trees Do?

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14 Responses to “Friendship – another tree tanka”

  1. carol olicker Says:

    do you know this song?

    I know a green cathedral
    a shadowed forest shrine
    where leaves in love
    join hands above
    and arch your prayer with mine.
    Within its cool depths sacred
    the priestly cedar sighs
    and the fir and pine
    lift arms divine
    unto the pure blue skies
    and the fir and pine
    lift arms divine
    unto the pure blue skies

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  2. Ken Chawkin Says:

    Never heard of it; it’s beautiful. Who wrote and sang it?

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    • carol olicker Says:

      I don’t know..I learned it in chorus in elementary school. the tune is gorgeous too. next time I see you, I will sing it…

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      • Ken Chawkin Says:

        Thanks for singing that song to me. Looking forward to reading those pages from that book you told me about. You left the store before I could see it.

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  3. Bll Godfrey Says:

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  4. Ken Chawkin Says:

    Thanks for that animated poem of Trees by Joyce Kilmer. We all know the first line but usually forget the rest of it. Nice!

    Since we’re on the subject of trees, and comments about them, here’s something I wrote about 15 years ago: What Do Trees Do? http://wp.me/pD0BA-1j6

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  5. Margot Says:

    The Green Cathedral

    Verses: Gordon Johnstone; piano: Carl Hahn

    know a green cathedral,
    a hallowed forest shrine.

    Where trees in love join hands above
    to arch your prayer and mine.

    Within its cool depths sacred,
    the priestly cedar sighs.

    And the fir and pine lift arms divine
    unto the clear blue skies.

    In my dear green cathedral
    there is a quiet seat.

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  6. carol olicker Says:

    thank you Margot…do you know the tune? it would be nice if we could post it on this site with the music..how did you learn it?

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  7. carol olicker Says:

    ps
    it seems like it ended abruptly..like there is more after the quiet seat.

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  8. carol olicker Says:

    Ken, I had to go to a meeting but I did xerox the pages ..how can I get them to you?

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  9. Ken Chawkin Says:

    Will email you.

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