Once towering above the sand
Once waving a leafy head above the water’s edge
Now the tree lies resting. Retired? No, still busy providing food, refuge, shelter
Providing windbreak and helping hold the sand
from erosion in the wind
Making a seat for a traveler,
a balancing beam for happy children,
Still ready to be wood for a fire, fuel for cooking.
Tree– ever a servant, a gift, a joy.