When I first walked in front of the tree
… I kept on walking.
Then I turned back.
I wanted to see if what I thought I saw,

I really did see it!
Just to be certain
… I took this photo.

And there it was
… a face within
not carved by human design,
but carved by Mother Nature
complete with hair (albeit green)!

A smile began to form on my face
and I could feel it!

In a new way
I became aware
of the connectedness of all Creation
and once again, realized that
to ignore our forests and waterways
is to ignore the precious gift of life
and the fragility of this planet Earth.

May All-Who-Dwell-Here
… treat it with gentleness and loving respect.
May All-Who-Dwell-Here
… be guided by need rather than greed.
May All-Who-Dwell-Here
remember generations who follow
will need
… fresh water to drink
… healthy sea life to eat
… growth in forests to heat and breathe.

Thank you, Face in a Tree
for your reminder that just as we need you
… to survive
you need us
… to survive.

May the sanctity of the Created Order
be treated with civility and common sense
by All-Who-Dwell-Here.

Photo and Text © June Maffin


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