Photo taken at night showing a tree trunk, roughly as high as the building next to it, singed at the top.
The tree that inspired this poem. Photo by Ron Dudley

They say I’m the tree of life
Tried to stab me with a knife
Then they tried to chop me down
I grew right back overnight  

Then they tried to cut my roots
Take my seeds, take my fruit
Then they tried to burn me down
I grew right back out the ground  

They say I’m the tree of life
I’m older than a dinosaur
I was in the garden of Eden 
With Adam and Eve before  

I was on the boat 
With Noah and all the animals
Then I made it float
To go the way we had to go  

They say I’m the tree of life
I’m harder than the hardest oak
They even tried to shake me to break me 
But I never broke  

Then they poured cement on my trunk
Then drilled a hole in me
They couldn’t reach the bird in my nest 
May god protect us please  

They say I’m the tree of life
I’m taller than the monument
Even though I came from the dirt
Still I was heavensent   

I was with the moon last night
We woke the sun up
Got a lot of bark on my tree 
That you can run up  

I grew up in the forest
With trees and other flowers
Did a lot of praying 
Then God gave me the power  

They say I’m the tree of life
I’m here to keep the planet green
I just need the world to help me 
Help keep my planet clean  

I just need the world to know
And to understand 
God gave this world a tree 
To protect this land   

They say I’m the tree of life
I’m here to keep the world alive
God gave his only son 
But he let a tree survive