Why Are Trees Trees ?
The history of trees is that
The trees are not a clade –
They spring-up from the strangest places,
So beech and birch are boring,
All their family are so wooden,
But others have the oddest kin
And ev’ry one’s a good ’un.
They’ve found the same solution
Independently, you know –
When stretching for the sunlight, well,
There’s just one way to go.
So apple trees are strawberries
That built a sturdy trunk,
Yucca palms are bluebells
If a bluebell were a hunk.
Acacia trees are runner beans
That bolted in their teens,
While rubber trees are spurges
That have stretched beyond their means.
There’s only so much energy,
And trees don’t like to share –
They’re hungrier when taller,
But their mouths are ev’rywhere !
So linden limes are cottons
That have fluffed-up in the streets,
And oranges are really rue
Whose bitterness turned sweet.
Finest teak is peppermint,
That’s why it smells so nice –
And eucalyptus is a clove
That added too much spice.
The forest is a battleground,
And ev’ry plant must fight –
So trees is what you always get,
If what you get is height.
I’m not very good at identifying plants on sight, but I can thoroughly recommend the app PlantNet.
I’m also not very good at identifying crabs, which is hardly surprising.
4 thoughts on “Why Are Trees Trees ?”
I.. love this. The rhythm. The creativity. I almost get a picture book feel, like it should have these fun and beautiful illustrations.
Thanks. I can’t draw, so I’ll have to leave the picture book to others. I guess that’s why I ended up a writer.
We all have our gifts!
And you may not be able to draw but.. you can paint a picture pretty damn well.