Preach to the Trees: A Poem

Charles Nystrom on March 8, 2021

Remember being at the creek, kingfisher one? You dropped your phone in the water and got your

umbrella wet, and it was raining a bit, so you sat in the ravine hiding? You read Isaiah 41/43,

then genesis one: but you read it to the trees, the rocks, the earth, the water, the air and sky, the

sun and stars. You read them the story of their birth, their place in creation, the hidden surprise

of plants, and you, man, the hidden surprise of God among his creation they were waiting for.

Preach to the trees. Tell them their story.