Happy Earth Day, everyone! In honor of this ecotastic holiday, I’m reposting The Tree and the Squirrel. Enjoy our pretty blue planet today and every day.
Tree said to Squirrel, “I want to live,
I want to climb and run.
To see the forest as you do,
To scamper in the sun.”
Squirrel said, “Dear Tree, don’t worry,
You’re alive, please understand.
Year after year you change and grow
Though you’re rooted in the land.”
The wind swishing through his branches,
Was the Tree’s breathy sigh,
“How can I be alive as you
When I cannot walk or fly?”
Squirrel climbed his trunk with a leap,
Her paws were kind and soft.
“Your life surrounds me, friend,
When I’m sitting here aloft.
Your leaves so green and cool
Soak up the sun and rain.
But I can’t bask in warmth and breeze,
I must hunt for nuts and grain.
You have to eat and drink like me.
Your roots, how deep and strong?
Despite all of my digging,
I will never know how long.
Each spring your seeds burst forth,
A sprout from each acorn.
And your branches held my babies,
You were our home when they were born.
You’ve been here a hundred years,
I’ve been alive but three.
If I live to six, I’ll be quite old,
You’ll see much more than me!
Oh Tree you are so real to us,
You give shade and food and rest.
You are so special and important,
No one life is the best.”
The Tree stood proud, a little taller.
The Squirrel crawled in her nest.
And they ended another day together
As the sun set in the West.
This text is intended to be a picture book or part of a poetry book for children. Feedback is appreciated. © Katie Bieker, 2013.