A whisper from the woods

Community Blog, January 2023

Jan 27, 2023

In the fourth and final week of our blog, Whispers From The Woods, we welcome back our Community Blog (previously named Guest Blog).

This blog is YOUR blog, it is the Global Tree Initiative community’s blog. As such, we want to hear from you! Write to us, and share your community blog article to be published, in the fourth week of each month.

Not sure what to write about? Reach out to us! Use the comment section below or send us an email at francisca@plantgrowsave.org

In this month’s community blog post, we share a beautiful poem written by Paul Wielgus, who recently found out about the Global Tree Initiative and immediately fell in love with it.

Thank you so much, Paul, for these beautifully profound words.
We hope you enjoy Paul’s inspiring words.

If I plant a tree

If I plant a tree I help me
I help the tree
If we plant trees
We become community
If we become community
We help ourselves and help the trees

As more and more communities plant trees
Together we breathe in the breath of trees

We work, we breathe out and the trees
Breathe in and forests flourish and grow
As forests come into being
We become the forest, we are Interbeing
We breathe together, we are inter breathing

We are the trees planting ourselves
And then and only then and together
We can respond to the question

“What do we most need to do to save the world?

And if we stop. we pause, we deeply listen

We will hear the answer rustling in our leaves

Together we will hear the sound of Mother Earth crying
We hear deep deep in our hearts
The sound of our Mother Earth crying

And then and only then we will truly care

Care enough to act in community to help to heal her

But first of all I need to plant a tree


Please share this. Thank you!


  1. Kika Gusmao

    Such beautiful words! Thank you so much for sharing your poem with us, Paul.

  2. Jennifer Troyan

    Paul, this is a lovely, lovely poem. Thank you for sharing this. I really enjoyed it and echo your sentiments.


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