#ThursdayTreeLove is a photo feature on Parul Thakur’s blog and is hosted on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.
I’m delighted to be taking part in Parul’s series because as some of you know, I am a lover of nature and I regularly take photos of trees.
This photo was taken last September in Belleek forest in Ballina Co. Mayo – actually just inside the gates of Belleek Castle
If trees could talk (maybe they do) this is what I think the sycamore tree would say to me!
The Amazing Sycamore Tree
I watch you nearly every day
Strolling along the forest path
You often stop and stare awhile
I know my beauty makes you smile.
Perhaps today you’ll sit with me
With me, the amazing sycamore tree.
Come sit against my peeling trunk
There’s a little spot here just for you
Upon the twigs and creeping ivy
And golden leaves of vibrant hue.
I’ll shade you from the September sun
And shield you from the autumn breeze
You can sit and watch the peeping squirrels
The singing birds and buzzing bees.
Close your eyes, stay very close
Listen very clear
Let me tell you what I know
Let me whisper in your ear.
I have stories to tell and secrets to share
Myths about Goblins and truths that will scare.
I know all the fairies that live in the trees
They play and they frolic, they laugh and they tease.
The ghosts of Belleek are wandering free
Concealed behind cloaks of invisibility
The spirits of nature caress and beguile
They slow down your mind and help you to smile.
My weary leaves alas are dying
No longer safe from a gusty gale
Softly falling to the ground
To find their place on the woody trail.
I hope tomorrow you’ll come again
And spare some time to sit with me
Bring some friends and let them see
Me, the amazing sycamore tree.