WHO WILL TEACH ME THE NAMES OF THE TREES?

For almost 4 years, I lived in one of the Appalachian States.

I am talking deep down south country. Small town, lots of “howdy”, and best of all lush greenery.

There were trees, flowers, and shrubs everywhere. The air was fresh and the scenery even more refreshing.

By Spring, I would marvel at how everybody seemed to know the names of the blooming trees and I, African City girl when asked to name plants indigenous to Lagos, Hibiscus will come to mind. Add Forget me not to that short list too.

However, my Flora vocabulary ends there. Sadly.

I asked a friend how she knew so many trees by name. I wanted to be in her shoes.

How does one learn the name of the flowers and trees?

 

JACKSON COUNTY TREES

Don’t maltreat me because I am tiny

Water me because of my potential.

Nurture me, although I might become clingy,

Remember I can produce sustenance for all.

 

If you choose not to cater to me,

I will choose to sprout and tower high

With my roots implanted

And my branches reaching the sky.

 

I refuse to yield to selfish longings

Making space for my brothers, sisters, and cousins.

Always willing to divide my share of sunlight and soil,

For they too need to stretch out and grow.

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3 thoughts on “WHO WILL TEACH ME THE NAMES OF THE TREES?

  • July 1, 2016 at 3:24 pm
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    i guess one learns by growing up with them, and paying attention to the names. well name plants indigenous to where i grew up, lets see… ugwu, ewedu, soko, water leave, bitter leave, padimo (touch me not). I guess its in the interest… *wink*

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    • July 2, 2016 at 7:40 pm
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      I know right. Well, the interest is well and alive now as I am willing to learn 🙂

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