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May M. B. (Swissmay) on December 15, 2007

Trees - by Tatanga Mani (Walking Buffalo)

Did you know that trees talk?

Well, they do.

They talk to each other,

and they'll talk to you if you listen.

Trouble is,

white people don't listen.

They never learned

to listen to the Indians

so I don't suppose

they'll listen to other voices

in nature.

But I have learned

a lot from trees:

sometimes about the weather,

sometimes about animals,

sometimes about the Great Spirit.

Peter Schneider on December 15, 2007

Eindrucksvoll, das Bild wie das Gedicht. Du weißt, dass ich Bäume liebe, May.... Liebe Grüße, Peter

©junebug on December 15, 2007

Ein wunderschönes Foto, May, und auch das Gedicht gefällt mir sehr! Wie geht es dir in diesen vorweihnachtlichen Tagen? Hast du auch so viel Stress? Liebe Grüße, Anne

pcllin on December 15, 2007

Hola May

Muy bonita foto y un bello relato. Gracias por compartirlo.



Marilyn Whiteley on December 15, 2007

Thank you, May, both for the oak tree and for Walking Buffalo's poem. They both quiet my busy spirit and give me rest.

Very best wishes, Marilyn

Ryan Calhoun on December 15, 2007

Very beautiful, May! I love these snowy branches, and it seems the leaves are a nice bonus. We got our first snow today, though of course the leaves are gone by now. Very nice colors your have here, the leaves just like gold.


May M. B. (Swissmay) on December 16, 2007

Peter und Anne, vielen Dank für Eure Kommentare. Peter, ich glaube, wir alle lieben Bäume! Auch mir bedeuten sie seit jeher sehr viel und nicht nur, weil sie fotogen sind. ;)

Anne, ja, das Gedicht hatte ich vor vielen Jahren in meinen Online-Adventskalender eingebaut. Apropos Weihnachten, es gilt nach wie vor, was ich schon mal gesagt habe; ich bin froh, wenn das neue Jahr beginnt und alles vorüber ist.

Gruss, May

Germán, muchas gracias! Sabio que tu querias este árbol. ¡Los robles son maravillosos! Fuerte y orgulloso. Entiendo, por qué ellos han sido mucho estimados por culturas viejas.

Saluditos, May

Marilyn and Ryan, thank you very much!

Marilyn, yes, it's wonderful, to get a deeper sight about the trees. I had the poem of Walking Buffalo built in in my daily advent calendar with a tree I put online many years ago.

Ryan, I knew that you as well would like the tree. They DO talk to us, that's what I actually said the other day about your whispering trees. I often talk and listen to them, there is a strong energy going out of them, if we are ready to listen.

My best greetings to all of you, May

Palmina Moore on December 19, 2007

I love the photo and I also love the poem. I will have to save that.

I hope I have learned from the trees and the Gitche Manitou and can understand what the trees are saying.


Michael Slattery on December 19, 2007

I like this one very much!

May M. B. (Swissmay) on December 20, 2007

Palmina and Mike, thank you so much. I would love to have you, my friends here to enjoy it as much as I do!

Palmina, I am sure you can listen and understand the trees. All it needs, is an open heart! :)

My best greetings to both of you!


Michael Slattery on December 20, 2007

Sadly I'm not free to travel until April. But once April ends and I have spent May in the Burren searching for Orchids I'll be hit the European railways again. So much to see still. Eastern and south eastern Europe next with a stop in Basel for Spatzli.

In the meantime I get to explore England and see some places here even if I do have to work. The weekends are my own.:-)

May M. B. (Swissmay) on December 20, 2007

:) In March I will have to go to the South of Italy and in Spring maybe to the Canarias. Actually I prefer to go to the North of Europe, and always to Ireland and Scotland again. I have been to the Southwest and Northwest of England and a bit into Wales. And Iceland is still on my list.

You will have to learn doing your Spaetzli by yourself. Do you want the recipe? And do you know that Switzerland has the densest railway net of the world?

Greetings, May

Michael Slattery on December 20, 2007

and it also has the highest usage. I have the recipe and as I left I was presented with a spatzli grater.

Iceland would be great. I really love the icelandic sagas. It would be great to see the locations in real life.

I need to spend some time around the med. I always avoided hot countries but now the heat doesn't bother me much.

May M. B. (Swissmay) on December 21, 2007

I am glad about it, Mike! So you surely will survive in doing Spaetzli by yourself! ;)

I know, I would like Iceland very much. But then, I usually like it everywhere. The recipe is, not to compare, but to enjoy the place one is at the moment.

Marilyn Whiteley on December 21, 2007

That is exactly the right recipe, May! We traveled in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with my husband's mother. I realized afterwards that her assumption was "Everything foreign is better than at home." I found that difficult sometimes because it could become quite sentimental or patronizing. ("Isn't that quaint!")

I traveled once to Russia with my aunt--who fell in Moscow and broke a hip on our very first night. That was a nightmare, but that's a separate story. I realized in Helsinki, after her hip surgery, that she assumed that "Everything foreign is worse than at home." With that attitude, she should never have made the trip, and perhaps it was just as well that we didn't get to the village in the Ukraine that was our primary destination!

What I realized from all this is the most appropriate attitude is that "Some things are different than at home" (and of course some things are the same, too), and that is why we travel!

That's my philosophical reflection for today!

Best wishes, Marilyn

May M. B. (Swissmay) on December 3, 2008

Marylin, nearly a year that you have written your lovely confirmation to my words. So sorry, it's only now that I discovered it. I am happy that you see it this way as well.

If I may add something, I think, it's to learn from others that we like to travel, to learn to recognize how small this world is, to see how connected we are to each other, how fragile this world of ours is.

It's the first time through centuries, actually in all our history, that we are aware to be sitting literally in the same boat, on the same beautiful and fragile planet.

All my best wishes, May :)

May M. B. (Swissmay) on December 7, 2008

Tatanga Manis Gedicht frei ins Deutsche übersetzt, May


Wusstest du, dass Bäume sprechen?

Nun, sie tun es.

Sie sprechen miteinander

und sie sprechen zu dir, wenn du zuhörst.

Das Problem ist, dass weisse Leute nicht zuhören.

Sie haben nie gelernt, den Indianern zuzuhören,

also nehme ich nicht an, dass sie auf andere

Stimmen hören in der Natur.

ich habe viel gelernt von den Bäumen,

manhmal über das Wetter,

manchmal über Tiere,

manchmal über den grossen Schöpfer.

Manfred1220 on December 7, 2008

Danke, Margrit, für den Link und für die Mühe, die Du Dir gemacht hast!

Ja, je öfter man sich das durchliest, desto nachdenklicher macht es... - Wie abgehoben von der Natur der so genannte zivilisierte Mensch eigentlich schon ist!

Herzliche Grüße, Manfred

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