Lone Tree


If all within the forest stands
A tree that prays alone
Who, hearing it in distant lands,
Can say which seeds that sown
By flowering branch or bursting cones
Are borne by praying tree
And which the towering forest owns
That never bent the knee?
The fir that lone and solemn prays
Its god will surely hear
For no mumbled muttering lays,
Words uttered by no seer,
Impede the flow of heaven-bound prayer
Sent up by one alone
Who, still and genuflecting there,
Does not its fate bemoan.

Image credit: hotblack, via morguefile, used under license

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