Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! This 46-year-old holiday is commemorated this year by world leaders signing the Paris Agreement on climate change at the UN in New York – a great step, but the real work will be to take aggressive action to protect our planet. Arbor Day, which fell back in March, celebrates the great role that trees play in our ecosystem. This Earth Day is a great time to plant a tree: they absorb harmful emissions, shade nearby plants (and homes, and creatures), and bring communities together in their cultivation and care.

Finally, in honor of National Poetry Month, from one of my absolute favorite poets, the dark, brilliant, totally singular Emily Dickinson‘s take on trees:

I robbed the Woods—
The trusting Woods.
The unsuspecting Trees
Brought out their Burs and mosses
My fantasy to please.
I scanned their trinkets curious—I grasped—I bore away—
What will the solemn Hemlock—
What will the Oak tree say?



About thislittleplot

Writer, hiker, loafer
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2 Responses to Earth Day

  1. I’ve never heard this poem before, and I must say that it’s quite fitting. Not just for Earth Day, but for the general state of things.

  2. Emily Dickinson is wonderful. And you have chosen so perfectly here. Thank you. I love the little trees in my back garden – a source of permanent wonder. This beautiful, beautiful earth.

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