I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us.

-Mary Oliver

I could not stop imagining how many people stood in awe under this tree. How robust it is now. And how it was 400 years ago.

Would there have been a woman in a pretty dress taking a nap under it in the shade?

Or did a young boy once climb in it? All the way to the top.

Or did a dog lift its leg at the base every morning at the beginning of a walk?

Maybe all of the above.

To me it felt as if I walked into the tree. And its branches gave me a giant welcoming hug. What a wonderful feeling to be touched by this magnificent and beautiful oak tree. It makes you feel safe in an unreal way. Like finding some sort of magic on the highest scales of mystery. Breathtaking…

Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, Stay awhile.

– Mary Oliver

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