If I were a tree, just for the day,

Would my perspective change on what humans say?

Mankind states nature is wild and free,

But is that what I would discover and what I would see?

I would find root systems that communicate things,

And perhaps observe people as the wild beings.

I’d witness them breathing in what I breathe out,

And know we were connected without any doubt.

I’d notice nature living in complete harmony,

While plenty of humans couldn’t see this reality.

I’d weep as some would throw trash on the ground,

Shocked by their disconnection to the beauty around.

Others would dump into streams what they wouldn’t drink,

I’d scratch my head, wondering, “Don’t these people think?”

I would see and hear wildlife above and below,

And listen for the messages that they would bestow.

I would learn that many humans have lost this connection,

And be disappointed by their lack of wilderness protection.

If I were a tree, just for the day,

My perspective would change on what humans say.

Here is to treating each and every day like Earth Day.

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