Trees surpass people

Beautiful reliable diverse

Providing food and living space

To birds and animals

Providing shade and inspiration

To humans

Trees give long lasting comfort and acceptance

The colours, the shapes, the textures

Always inspiring

More beautiful

Than anything made by humans

More beautiful than any sculpture

Any building, any vehicle

Especially eucalypts

Their variety their shapes

their colours, their textures





Homage to Callum Brae Nature Reserve, Canberra, Australia

Author: Pamela Collett

I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I have a B.A. from Stanford University and a M.Sc. from Cornell University. I have lived and worked in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland, California as well as in Washington, DC. Outside the United States, I lived and worked in Venezuela, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Uganda, Somalia and Kenya. I currently live in Canberra, Australia. I edited three books: Bold Plum: with the Guerillas in China's War against Japan by Hsiao Li Lindsay; Peace and Milk: Scenes of Northern Somalia by James Lindsay and Fatima Jibrell; and Solo vale si piensas rápido by Mehedy Lopez, a book of poetry in Spanish. In 2016, I published a book of my poetry and drawings, Silence Spoken. I have taught communication skills, English as a second language, and English for journalists (in Beijing, China) at university and secondary school levels. I was a features writer for the Daily Journal, (Caracas, Venezuela), and The Chronicle of Higher Education. I am a member of the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Writers Centre, active in a writers’ group and a contributor to poetry readings, That Poetry Thing, in Canberra, Australia.

5 thoughts on “Trees”

  1. I love the reminder of the magnificence of nature. It also made me reflect on how interdependent humans are with nature. We are on this planet together. We need what nature gives us. And nature needs us to be responsible citizens.


  2. Beautiful words, as ever Pamela. And true.
    ‘Trees surpass people.’
    And… exhale.

    I look up at ‘my’ big gums and often think, really, I am theirs… and they will long outlive me (with any luck!). My mum planted them in the ’70s and now they tower over the yard (hmmmm). The last six weeks I’ve watched a currawong build her nest and now her mate is coming and going feeding her… and there is all-out war as he tries to get past the red wattlebirds on the way! It’s a bird-eat-bird world out there.

    Thank you for your poem.


  3. Dear Pamela, I’ve been meaning to write you for awhile. I want to make sure I am communicating directly with you and not some obscure corporate email address. I have very personal information and photos I want to share with you. My dear grandmother testified at the trial of Eugene Purdy in Tulsa . My email address is my cell phone number is USA. 949 981 7313. Please contact me- I think I have information for you that you would want to know. I want to share this with you.

    Sincerely, Laura Rud Irvine, California

    Sent from my iPhone



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