Inside I am


Inside I am a tree

I want to spring forth

And grow throughout the nine planes


I know that there are many lands at my feet

Frost lands and Tropical lands

And many will form in my branches

I spread shade far and wide


I filter the light


The hawk waits to hide herself in my branches

She is waiting for my journey upward

To become a canopy separating earth and sky


I wait


Inside I am tall and I will reach

My hands up and from them will

Spring leaves


Leaves of books, leaves of learning

Leaves to sing and rustle all the music

Of my birth


Inside I am a tree.



© image and words June Perkins


This was inspired by a prompt at a Soulfood site on the cosmic egg and creation stories.



Writing nature in images

tree study- bark

Recently I went out to tree in my neighbourhood and photographed it from every angle.

I looked at the bark, the roots,  insects on the tree, other plants growing on the tree and out of it.

I looked up into the sky through the leaves.  I kept trying to think of new ways to look at it with my camera.  I went down on the ground and focused on the grass and faded the tree.  I realised I was having not just a lot of fun but trying to come at it from an insect or birds point of view, from high up or from down low.  I also photographed the tree as if I was about to be an ant clmbing it.

Then I wrote about the tree!  Beginning with a description.  I have more questions though- what is the tree actually called, what is the tree growing around it called, and what are some myths about trees that might inspire me.  I have also been thinking about my life and how I have come across trees- the memory tree.

My story tree is in me waiting to get out
It tells me of the Bodhi Tree
Of Trials and Serenity
The tree sits within me
And to it I call and say
You will be my story tree
And I will see you in me
and me in you.
(C) Gumbootpearlz

Story Tree