A Tree

“What does he plant who plants a tree.”
H.C. Bunner

What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants a friend of sun and sky;
He plants the flag of breezes free;
The shaft of beauty, towering high;
He plants a home to heaven anigh;
For song and mother-croon of bird
In hushed and happy twilight heard—
The treble of heaven’s harmony—
These things he plants who plants a tree.

What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants cool shade and tender rain,
And seed and bud of days to be,
And years that fade and flush again;
He plants the glory of the plain;
He plants the forest’s heritage;
The harvest of a coming age;
The joy that unborn eyes shall see—
These things he plants who plants a tree.

What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants, in sap and leaf and wood,
In love of home and loyalty
And far-cast thought of civic good—
His blessings on the neighborhood,
Who in the hollow of His hand
Holds all the growth of all our land—
A nation’s growth from sea to sea
Stirs in his heart who plants a tree.

Shine On

A New Year

“Write it on your heart
that every day
is the best day
in the year.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A new year stands before us
Like the first chapter in a book
Waiting to be told
Waiting to unfold

A new year stands before us
Like the breaking of the dawn
Waiting for the light
Waiting thereupon

A new year stands before us
What will your New Year bring
Hopefully, less sorrow and less pain
Hopefully, more joy more zest more zing

J R

 

Shine On
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2015-2020

 

On the Esplanade

“Pacific Palisades
San Onofre and Sunset
Redondo Beach, LA
All over La Jolla
At Waimea Bay
Everybody’s gone surfin’
Surfin’ U.S.A”
Beach Boys

On the Esplanade

There is a city
Beautiful beyond belief
Though not well known
I call it home

This city has been around
For over a century
Where the sea meets the sun
For everyone to come and see

The Beach Boys song Surfin’ USA
Lyrics mention Redondo briefly
Few remember these lyrics
Fewer witness Redondo’s beauty

On my walk each day
Feeling the ocean breezes
Watching whales, dolphins and seals
All of them playing, jumping freely

I call Redondo my home
I feel so very fortunate
To be able to promenade
On the breathtaking Esplanade

JR

 

Shine On
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January 3, 2020