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Asleep in the Tree (a Poetry Challenge)

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.

Tree of Light

A Poem Challenge

Another short and whimsical poem inspired by a 'Poem Challenge.' You may ask "Why would anyone fall asleep in a tree?" Well, read on and maybe you'll get the answer. I can easily imagine it, as I loved to climb trees and build tree houses as a child.

Asleep In The Tree

The weather's so fair

And the wind's in your hair

But you have to take care

To make sure you lie square.

Once you're in the branches

You just take your chances.

The leaves doing dances,

Carefree are your glances.

Hear the birds sing a song

In the bough that seems strong,

But the trunk is so long

That to fall would be wrong.

It isn't a crime

A high tree to climb,

But it's slow and takes time,

So unlike this rhyme.

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In a dream this I see,

I'm sure it can't be.

That young boy is me,

Asleep in the tree.


How Are Trees Important to the Environment?

How are trees important to the environment? Trees are of great benefit to the environment. Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow and the carbon that they store in their wood helps slow the rate of global warming. They reduce wind speeds and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves.

They also help to reduce erosion, provide a habitat for small animals, insects and for other plants, and shade for larger creatures as well.

Humans have impacted the biodiversity of trees both negatively and positively. For instance, urbanization has led to deforestation. Cutting down entire regions of trees for product use is another negative impact. The cultivation and harvesting of products like fruit, nuts, and palm oil increases the populations of those specific trees, but often at the detriment of others.

Protecting our trees and forests, and continually planting new ones is imperative for the survival of the planet.

© 2013 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 21, 2020:

Thank you manatita. Yes children are fearless and foolhardy at times. Maybe you should have tried to reach mangoes closer to the ground. Thank you for reading.

manatita44 from london on November 21, 2020:

Charming and childlike piece. I used to sleep in the trees too. Fell off once. Haha. I tried to climb a mango tree in Banjul, The Gambia. I was so scared. Nothing like childhood, where fear was not even in my dreams. Great Rumi quote. Peace. - Manatita

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 21, 2020:

Oh yes Peg, I did all those things too. Bring back those days please.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 21, 2020:

Yes, foolhardy I am in my dreams Denise. I always loved climbing trees, and often sleep up on a treehouse/platform we built in a flame tree. It was a wonderful place to just get away from it all and daydream. Glad it made you laugh. I think if I ever fell out that would be my last time too.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2020:

I used to spend a lot of time climbing trees when I was a child. Although I never fell asleep in one, I enjoyed having lunches, spent time drawing, did some daydreaming while up in them, etc.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on November 21, 2020:

How clever this is. You are taking chances. The last time I fell out of a tree was the last time I climbed a tree. I figure I was getting too big to take such chances. This poem made me laugh.



John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 21, 2020:

Thank you for reading his poem, Chitrangada. Breathing some life into an old post.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 21, 2020:

Nice and pleasant poem. Always a joy to read your creative thoughts. I had no idea, that it’s an old submission, till I scrolled through the comments.

Thank you for sharing this.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 20, 2020:

Hey Chrish, it is great to receive comments. I updated a few older hubs and highlighted them so they may be read. It seemed to work as two people have read this recently.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on November 20, 2020:

It's awesome reading one of your oldest master piece Sir John!

And being able to comment is a pleasure haha, ( there are lots of newly published article I couldn't afford commenting ^_^) I'm so into the acoustic vibes !!! Have an awesome day you all out there ;-)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 20, 2020:

Hello J Beadle. This is one of my older poems that I just updated a little. It is great to see a new reader and I appreciate your comment that it made you revisit your own boyhood days climbing trees. Haha I think people may call the police if they saw me sitting up a tree as well. I guess I’d use the excuse, “I was just trying to rescue a cat.” Thanks for reading.

J Beadle from Wisconsin on November 20, 2020:

I very much like this first poem I read of yours. Very relaxing with the acoustic playing while I read. It makes me smile and definitely takes me back to my days as a boy and an avid climber of trees. At 57 I still think about climbing into a tree but I think someone might call the police If they saw me up there! I never recall sleeping in a tree but I would sit for hours sometimes and just enjoy the stillness and gentle rock of the branches.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2014:

Thank you bluebird. Going by your name I can see why this appeals to you.

bluebird on June 11, 2014:

A nice poem...and cute as well. Thanks!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2014:

Thank you so much for your kind comment Jo. I wrote this for a poetry challenge a while back and the words just seemed to flow. I think the poem only took me about ten minutes to write. Glad you liked the photos too. Thanks for sharing and voting up.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on June 11, 2014:

Just beautiful! "The birds sing their song" is the reason why you probably fell asleep in the tree! I so enjoyed the peaceful and beautiful description of your words. The photos are amazing and go perfect with this masterpiece~! Shared and Up into the trees. :-)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2014:

Hi wordswithlove, good old "Rock-a-bye Baby". I remember it well. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Neetu M from USA on June 11, 2014:

And" when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall"!!!!John, very nice poem - thank you. Sort of reminded me of that lullaby I used to sing to my children when they were little.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2014:

Thank you for such eloquent words Harishprasad, and the vote up and share. I am so glad you enjoyed this poem. Trees are a big part of my life.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on June 11, 2014:

Asleep in the tree ! What a beautiful dream and an equally fantastic poem ! I know what pleasure it is to be in the company of trees. They were such good friends to have spent time with in childhood when children acted like pure monkeys. I was fortunate to be among that lot. Also, when we mature, it is equally pleasing to think about them, see them and experience their wonderful rhythm with the wind, rain, rays, days and nights. How wonderful that you thought about these wonderful creatures even in dreams ! John, I love the way you weaved your beautiful dream in this lovely poem. Voted up and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2014:

Thank you very much Kevin. Hope you have a nice big tree I much appreciate the vote up, share and pins.

The Examiner-1 on June 11, 2014:

Lovely John, I (yawn) feel like taking a nap. Just kidding! It was lovely and inspiring and I felt right at home when I read it. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 26, 2013:

Thank you for the generous and interesting comment Joy. It is great to hear about the personal experiences that a poem or piece of writing evokes from a reader. I loved hearing about your affinity with trees, and waterfalls. I too love to be surrounded by trees and nature, and fortunately I am in my present location. In fact most of the places I have lived have been in rural, or bushland settings.

I too loved to climb trees. We had a big flame tree in our garden at one place and I built a tree house there, where I spent most of my days. Yes, sometimes I wish we never had to grow up.

JoyLevine from 3rd Rock from the Sun on November 26, 2013:

Love the main pic you chose here and even more so the subject matter. Trees were a big part of my life growing up.. nearly my favorite past time. I loved to climb trees. Still do. I hope I never grow up! :)

I had to laugh too, because I quite often would fall asleep in a tree. There was an old tree at a park that was big and beautiful with long sweeping branches. It was a magnolia and until I moved about a year ago, it was a favorite hang out of mine. I would climb up in the big branches, high enough no one could see me, so I could be simply anonymous. I would read for hours, think, ponder... mostly just take in the sounds and sights around me. So much nature would come alive when I was up there. I miss that tree.

Waterfalls and trees... those were my safe havens, far from the crowds and hussle bussle. Nature is pristine, and everything is sincere. It's an honest you can't find in the world anymore.

Thanks again for sharing. I will be checking out more of your hubs. I'll have more time next wk. I've seen a few that have piqued my interest.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 25, 2013:

Hello midnightbliss, thanks for your kind comments and the vote up and share. I appreciate it.

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on November 24, 2013:

Great poem and pic to represent the dream! Voted up!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 24, 2013:

Thank you for that wonderful comment Audrey. I am glad you found this poem special and can relate to it. My aim is always to touch at least some of my readers with everything I write. I too am a tree lover, living in rural Australia on a 40 acre property, 2/3 still natural forest.

Sweet peace back at you, and thanks for voting up and sharing.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 24, 2013:

Here is a poem that stands still in time. I always pictured myself sleeping in a tree. I came close to achieving my dream while living in Hawaii. The sweet boy in the photo touched my heart.

I have a spiritual connection to trees. I rarely miss a day without hugging one (I live in a forest.)

The Rumi quote touches the strings of my heart.

So do you. Votes up and sharing across. Sweet peace to you Jodah ~ Audrey

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 20, 2013:

Thanks for your kind words Laurie. Always nice to see you visit my hubs. I agree with what you say about the joys of sleeping in a tree.

Rayne123 on November 20, 2013:

beautiful words and pictures

There is a lot of heart and love behind this.

Sleeping in a tree brings one closer to nature and closer to the spiritual world. It quiets your mind.

Thank you


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 19, 2013:

Yes teaches, I remember when I was a child we had a tree house and I loved lying up there in the cool shady tree and dozing off. Thank you for readng.

Dianna Mendez on November 18, 2013:

The photo of the boy sleeping in the tree and your words about it make me very sleepy. Perfect way to enjoy life.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 16, 2013:

Beautiful Jodah.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 15, 2013:

Thanks Kim, for voting up and glad you enjoyed. Yes Rumi rocks!

ocfireflies from North Carolina on November 15, 2013:


So glad to have found you! Smiles. I love the whimsical feel to this poem. I am also big fan of Rumi. V+!


drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 14, 2013:

Perfect poem and perfect graphics to match, Jodah.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 13, 2013:

Thank you writinglover, for the kind comment.

Jennifer from Lost...In Video Games and Stories on November 13, 2013:

Loved this prompt, too! Excellent work!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 13, 2013:

Thank you Jo, I am glad you enjoyed it. Always great to get you encouraging comments. Have a great day.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 13, 2013:

Beautiful poem, simply delightful, loved it!!

Mary McShane from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 13, 2013:

What a nice poem, Jodah with beautiful pictures too. Voted thumbs up and awesome.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 13, 2013:

You are always welcome to share anything you wish.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on November 13, 2013:

I pinned the picture with the quote :-) Too beautiful to resist!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 13, 2013:

My pleasure kidscrafts. thanks for reading and your kind comments

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on November 13, 2013:

Beautiful poem, Jodah! I love your choice of pictures.... but especially the one in the bottom with the sun almost like in the heart of the tree with a beautiful quote!

Thanks for sharing!

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