Messaging In The Country

They each have their own gossip, their own sound, their own rustling

whispers and smells….

Charles de Lint


messaging in the country

 In the  warm wind,  trees text each other,

leaf flutter  the  ripe scent

of  berry and  pine, the breath


of sawn wood —

until a woman interrupts

crossing their  path on wheels.


Again, the texting starts

a shake of leaves, a sway of branch,

the  quandary of what to say.


Cyclist or Hepburn,

the latter seems more savvy;


her wide-brimmed hat

floating black with a scarf,


the signature

of Go-lightly,


Her shadow making it two

for the road

instead of one,


and her eyes, large and lovely.

Their chestnut light

falling into a glide, you gaze at her

and sense the charade


of Autumn pretending

to be Summer. The  birds still north,

high in their nests

whistling a code song.


This poem is purely speculative on the epigram by Charles de Lint. If these rustic trees could gossip or give their impressions of the mysterious stranger who crosses their path in a chic style with mannerisms resembling actress, Audrey Hepburn,  what would they think.  Fitting into the dialogue, there are three allusions to her most iconic films. Her name , Holly Golightly  from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” where she made the wide-brimmed hat with wrap around scarf famous,  her shadow making  It Two For The Road where she embarked on a journey through memory and the French countryside, and  Charade, a spy romp where she dabbled in espionage and romance with Cary Grant.  

Artistic note — the lovely water color entitled , “Bonne Rentree” is by French artist, Marie-France Riviere.


  1. The description is vivid; one can imagine the rustling in the trees following the cyclist as she goes unaware of the leafy gossip around her. Trees are intriguing. Though we see the same ones every day, they never quite fade into the background the way buildings and roads do.


    • Hi Michael

      So glad you enjoyed this one! I sincerely appreciate your fine comments very much ; and agree trees do not actually fade into the background. They kind of stand their ground. Anyway, this was a fun poem to write and trees always continue to haunt and fascinate me!

      many thanks,


  2. I’ve always felt that trees that are close neighbors for hundreds of years must become kindred – and now i’m feeling the urge to watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” for the jillionth time.


    • Hi Craig,

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting on this poem! I do feel a certain kinship with trees personally and that may be attributed to the fact that I grew up with them, acres of them. And yes, I can watch that movie again and again. My husband and usually watch every New Years Eve because it is delightful, capricious and has some wonderful party scenes that are indicative of the festive season.

      Again, thanks!


    • Hi Paul

      So glad you liked the poem and pointed out what you like about the language and sonics. I love the sound of language; and it’s always important to me that a poem have a sense of rhythm and a voice that appeals with
      pleasing assonance.

      Thank you so much!

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    • Hi Parker

      Glad you could picture this scene and hear the trees! And Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment on its contents. I appreciate it that very much!

      My best,

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  3. Wendy,

    Twice tonight you have knocked my socks off.

    I would never have thought of trees texting. Having read
    your poem, I can see clearly that they do. Well, of course they do!

    The scents and scene and the fresh air that you brought into this room
    has me thinking of Holly and still wondering if she was a truly liberated
    woman or one caged by her tastes. Your poem is as beguiling as the
    movie. Both are instant classics.



  4. Hi Sarah

    Your kind words and enthusiasm toward this poem are so cherished and deeply felt. I love trees and I do believe they communicate to each other and , to us if we listen, in a very secret and special way. I also love
    Audrey Hepburn and her various movies.. That painting reminded me of her and the trees inspired me to tell the tale. So glad you enjoyed this poem.!

    Take care
    my best always


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