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I See You More Clearly Now
Carolyn Chilton Casas


One hundred and sixteen souls,
counted with care.
My inspiration
on a quiet afternoon
to get to know those who live
around me.

Mostly oaks, some spindly
and just beginning,
others like grandfathers
with wide open arms.
A towering pine that was a
miniature Christmas tree
twenty-five years ago.
The sycamore planted
before our daughter was born.
An elm, that shades
where we sit on the patio.
Mulberries lining the driveway,
their leaves dessert for the deer. †
And a small eucalyptus grove,
where trees are tall enough
for the hawks to nest.

To each I say, I see you.
I honor your presence,
and gritty patience
with battering winds,
sunbaked earth,
birds that squawk and titter
from your branches.
Being the guardians
that you are, I can believe
you love all of this.
Beautiful, sacred trees,
I see you more clearly now.

© by Carolyn Chilton Casas.
Used with the authorís permission.

Carolyn Chilton Casas is a Reiki Master and teacher. Her favorite themes for writing are healing, wellness, awareness, and the spiritual journey. Carolyn's articles and poems have appeared in numerous publications and her debut collection of poems, Our Shared Breath, is now available. Learn more about Carolyn on Instagram at mindfulpoet_ .



Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
I can see the trees clearly through this poem.
Posted 01/17/2022 06:03 PM
One can see so much by taking just a few minutes to slow down and refocus. Lovely!
Posted 01/17/2022 02:53 PM
Posted 01/17/2022 01:02 PM
Lovely and loving. Thank you.
Posted 01/17/2022 12:17 PM
Another beautiful poem that might make a person tear to the loveliness of its lines. Thank you, dear.
Posted 01/17/2022 10:09 AM
Once again, trees make a contribution to poetry. Thank you.
Posted 01/17/2022 09:01 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love the surprise element of this photographic poem. The title "I See You Clearly Now" and the first stanza gives me no clue that the speaker is referring to trees when she writes "one hundred and sixteen souls."
Posted 01/17/2022 08:37 AM
Enchanting poem, Carolyn. Thank you.
Posted 01/17/2022 08:30 AM
Darrell Arnold:
I like this. Trees are truly amazing. Think about it. Take a tiny seed as small as a raisin, drop it in mineral rich soil, give it access to air, water, and sunlight, and it will become a tree. How can God create something out of almost nothing, matter out of almost no matter? It's overwhelming. Thank you Carolyn. I love what you wrote.
Posted 01/17/2022 07:52 AM

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