The Queen of My Self

 by Mary Saracino 

Author’s note: As part of her Earth Day-Sing for the Trees campaign, Susan Hale invites people from around the world to sing to their special trees to help raise awareness about deforestation.

If you listen you can hear
the trees singing
boababs & kauri
sugi & sugar maples
their voices
rise in harmony
Norway spruce & sequoia
ginkos & elms
across the wide round world
yews & oolines
Persian mulberries & pomegranates
one steady stream
magnolia amazonica & aspen
wattle trees & oaks
one impassioned aria
crab apple & peach
olive & fig
singing, singing, singing
lnut & cedrela odorata
mahogany & beni kawa
of peace & love
joy & justice
Divi-divi & wabito
amla & okagami
of sorrow & solace
laughter & lullabies
Chinese catalpa
Buddha coconuts
reminding us to
balsam & fur
cedar & chestnut
sing with them
pawpaw & persimmon
leatherwood & larch
breathe in
breathe out
kapok & karri
willows & birch
ghost gum & guava
maiden’s blush & mangosteen
avacado & acacia
banana & buckeye
save our lives
sumac & Satsuma
sassafras & silverberry
save our planet.


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Donna Henes is the author of The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife. She offers counseling and upbeat, practical and ceremonial guidance for individual women and groups who want to enjoy the fruits of an enriching, influential, purposeful, passionate, and powerful maturity. Consult the MIDLIFE MIDWIFE™

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