IT’S A TREE’S LIFE!!
by Cheryl Bourne Netto – copyright © June 2017
Have you ever given thought
To the benefits that are brought
By those majestic living statues that are trees?
We may take them for granted
Not knowing how they were planted,
Decorating outdoor space with such grace.
Summer landscapes would be boring
Without these giants with limbs soaring
Displaying a palette of magnificent hues.
Some stand like honor guards
On either side of great, long yards
Leading to grand estates and stately mansions.
A welcome haven for our feathered friends
Many a bough and branch surely lends
A cosy roosting place at the end of day.
Leafy crowns reach out to the sky
As if to touch clouds passing by
While oxygenating the air for our well-being.
Mahogany, teak, cedar, oak, maple and pine
Are some types of trees that we may find
Are used for crafting beautiful furniture pieces.
For Christmas trees the fir is preferred
And by children even perhaps revered
When sparkling with fairy lights and colored balls.
Graceful palms tower protectively over a tropical scene,
Evergreens persevere through the winter in green
Wispy willows weep until the autumn, it seems.
Paper, firewood, planks and housing material too
Are some other uses trees are put to,
Not least of all providing necessary shelter and shade.
There are so many useful purposes that trees serve
And for that much appreciation they deserve.
They are a natural resource which redounds to our benefit.
Providing food and employment while preventing soil erosion,
Shielding ultra-violet rays and cutting down noise pollution,
Without this vital natural resource what would we do?