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A Message from Trees
Judy Lorenzen


You should see
this late autumn countryside,
these trees,
luxurious but coming undone—
throwing down
colorful carpets of praise
of summer days gone by,
welcoming anyone to stop,
enjoy the beauty of this day, this minute—
these older ladies,
singing loudly at the party,
a little thicker around the trunk—
but baring it all
So you—
you, too, need to take a chance
and live once—throw
down those cares,
lighten your step.
These gals know what’s important
in life—
they know life—from their long view—is short,
that they have to live life to the fullest every season.
They know the way to be beautiful
is to just be.
You never know
who drives by and says,
“Wow! Look at those trees!”

© by Judy Lorenzen.
Used here with the author's permission.


Judy Lorenzen is a poet, writer, and the sixth of seven Greek daughters. She married her childhood sweetheart, had two sons, lives on a farm, and says she has enjoyed the vast beauty of the Great Plains and all of creation every day of her life. A former high school and college English teacher, Judy lives in Central City, Nebraska. Learn more about her at


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I like the wisdom shared from the personification of the trees.
Posted 11/26/2023 03:18 PM
Having moved to the west coast from the east, I may not miss the weather, but I sure miss those striking autumns. This poem really painted a picture, and has a great message to boot. Thanks Judy!
Posted 11/25/2023 11:01 PM
I really love this poem. Personification at its very best!
Posted 11/25/2023 06:31 PM
I love "the way to be beautiful is to just be." A message for us all!
Posted 11/25/2023 05:20 PM
Fun and inspiring! Thank you, Judy!
Posted 11/25/2023 02:04 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful message from the trees!
Posted 11/25/2023 01:32 PM
I love looking at the Nebraska landscape on I-80 West, on my way to Denver, Judy. I especially enjoyed your "bowl of purple colors, poured out," from your website.
Posted 11/25/2023 10:39 AM
Tom Sharpe:
Trees are girls?
Posted 11/25/2023 10:07 AM
Darrell Arnold:
Trees are amazing. How can a tiny seed, no bigger than a finger nail, be dropped, thanks to gravity, into the earth, and then, with only soil, water, sunlight, air, and time, become a towering plant -- some so gigantic as to weigh a hundred tons? Mankind is so blessed to have these miracles of God enhance and enrich our existence. Thank you Judy.
Posted 11/25/2023 10:03 AM
Angela Hoffman:
A lovely poem Judy!
Posted 11/25/2023 08:35 AM
Larry Schug:
I've never met a tree that wasn't worth such adulation.
Posted 11/25/2023 08:03 AM

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