Trees are for birds.
Trees are for children.
Trees are to make tree houses in.
Trees are to swing swings on.
Trees are for the wind to blow through.
Trees are to hide behind in ‘Hide and Seek.’
Trees are to have tea parties under.
Trees are for kites to get caught in.
The poem lists out the various purposes of a tree. The poet seems to be pointing out the aspects of a tree for which one must be grateful for. She shows that trees provide comfort to all creatures in the world. From birds to children, trees provide only benefits. The poet begins by stating the most obvious benefit of the tree. She states how trees prove to be the home of thousands of birds across Nations. The birds build nests on trees, lay eggs and nurture their young ones. In the day, they fly across borders and rest in the evening on tree tops. The same tree which provides a home to a bird also gives enough enjoyment to children.
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Bird nest on a tree
Trees do not see partiality. Its advantages are equally distributed to everyone around it. Human beings yield all kinds of available uses from the tree. Unlike birds who make their nest without causing any hindrance to the tree, humans reshape and remodel trees to make tree houses. A tree house is usually a small dwelling for humans which is built on tree tops or in the vicinity of trees. It is most often built in resorts and camps. Trees extend its uses for the entertainment of people. Human make swings and put them up on strong tree branches for them to swing on it. Certain trees like banyan have their own roots hanging from the branch in a way that children can hold on to them and swing from one end to the other. The poet then states that trees are for the wind to blow through. When heavy winds blow in case of a storm, the presence of trees arrests the flow of it. But the effect of heavy winds can disrupt or stretch the roots.
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Tree house
Trees are also used by children to hide when they play hide and seek. The trees have huge trunks that can cover up a child completely when he/she hides behind them. The poet seems to focus on the point that trees start branching out its benefits to humans right from a very young age. In the case of adults, trees provide shade and space for them to organize their tea parties under them. One may wonder if the adults think about the blessings that the tree showers on them when they sit there sipping the tea. Trees can also trap kites in their branches when children fly them. The line creates a sense of nostalgia, as there are very few people who fly kites and run around and very few trees to trap them.
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Kite struck in a tree
Words with difficult meaning:
Tree houseA house or room built on top of a tree
SwingA seat hung from above so that one can move to and fro
Hide and seekA game where one person hides and the other finds them
VicinityThe area near or the surrounding place
HindranceProving to be disturbing
DisruptTo create an imbalance
DwellingThe place where one lives
NostalgiaThe memories of the past
ResortA place built for relaxation
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). Honeycomb. Trees: Shirley Bauer(pp. 83-84). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.