The Poetry of If These Trees Could Talk

Below you'll find a selection of the poems and poets included in "If These Trees Could Talk."

Quan Barry
Black Pastoral 
Black Cricket

Lachrisa Grandberry
Waiting. Wondering. Wishing. Being.   

Isabella LaBlanc
When Did You First Find Here and Meet this Place?
What Can You Offer at the Edge of Everything?
New World

Melisa Pereyra
You Should! You Must!

Ismeji (Isabella LeBlanc, Melisa Pereyra, James DeVita)
There Once Was a Road I walked.
Why Speak of the End of the World?
Thoughts Stop by Like Summer Guests (Adapted from the Rumi)
What Might Love Be?
Everything Happens for a Reason
Metaphorically Speaking
Pay Attention
I Tried to Write Something
Bless this Land

William Cullen Bryant
Inscription for the Entrance of a Wood
A Forest Hymn
A Walk At Sunset

James Weldon Johnson
Deep in the Quiet Woods 

Anne Spencer
Earth, I thank you! 

Rudyard Kipling 
The Way through the Woods (adapted)

Edna St. Vincent Millay
The Oak Leaves

Alexander Posey
The Bird and the Dew

Georgia Douglas Johnson
When I Rise Up

Charles Eastman 
Soul of the Indian 

Paul Laurence Dunbar
Sympathy (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)

*From Split This Rock website: “We encourage you to use and share these poems widely, and ask only that you credit the author and name Split This Rock’s The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database as the source. Please also include a link to the database for any reproduction of poems. 


Lisa Suhair Majaj
A Few Reasons To Oppose the War 

Leilani Portillo  
Believe Me

Jasminne Mendez
Machete: Look

Amanda Gorman
In This Place (An American Lyric) 

Kenneth Carroll
A People’s Historian