The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
I Love a Tree
By Samuel N. Baxter
When I pass to my reward, whatever that may be, I’d like my friends to think of me as one who loved a tree.
I might not have a statesman’s poise, nor thrill a throng with speech, but I may benefit mankind if I set out a beech.
If I transplant a sapling oak to rear its mighty head t’will shade and shelter to those who come long after I am dead.
If in the park I plant an elm where children come to play t’will make for them a childhood shrine that will not soon decay.
Or if I plant a tree with fruit, on which the birds may feed, then I have fostered feathered friends and that’s a worthy deed.
For winter when the days grow short and spirits may run low, I’d plant a pine upon the scape t’would lend a cherry glow.
I’d like a tree to mark the spot where I am laid to rest for that would be the epitaph that I would like the best.
Tho it’s not carved upon a stone for those who come to see but friends would know that resting there is he, who loved a tree.