They Gather Me Up by Cheryl Marlene

They Gather Me Up

They gather me upThese treesThey gather me upTo mend my woundsAnd restore the depth of my soulTo the balance of me. They gather me upRoots and branchesTops and tipsBending to match the heightOf my heart in their presence. They gather meAs a prayer to the windAnd absolution to the soilAnd the moments of GraceWhich I … Read more


What Tree Do You Want to Climb?

I recently read a wonderful book, The Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes, about March Wong, a 14-year-old boy on the autistic spectrum, and his love of a beautiful tree. The entire book is from the viewpoint of March and offers a fantastic perspective of trees and forests and the human experience. Rich in detail and … Read more

To Be Held Gently

I visit the Portland Japanese Garden often. In part because I am a volunteer garden guide. In part because it is such a beautiful place. This morning, sitting at the Sand and Stone Garden trying desperately to connect to the sand and the stone, I had an epiphany. Beyond the short wall which is the … Read more