Tree Hugger

“I love you” I say to the tree.

Silence, at first

then a rustling of leaves

but, I get it…

of course it’s reciprocal.

Then, “Just Breathe…”

says the tree, softly

“and know you are loved”

and I breathe…

and I breathe love

and I feel love

and I am loved

and I am love.

“Thank you” I say to the tree.


Then, just a soft rustling of leaves.

I feel alive

I feel gratitude

I smile…

Then I walk over

and give my friend a hug.