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In The Tree’s Defence

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This is a happy and in places comical poem in praise of trees. Can you hear that each line has 4 heavy beats – try clapping or stamping these strong beats out as you speak the poem. This can help you get the simple, happy message of the poem across. Find the line you think is the funniest or happiest and play with ways of delivering this to get the humour or positivity across. Think about simple facial expressions you could use.

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Trees are good at what they do,
at being oak or beech or yew.

They shake their leaves to make a breeze
and pop out blossom for the bees.

In crook of branch they’ll hold a nest
which, birds concur, is for the best.

On rainy days they shield the feller
who’s forgot his umbrella.

In summer they provide the shade
for picnickers out in the glade.

Inside their sturdy hearts of wood
trees are simply doing good.

In The Tree’s Defence

by A.F. Harrold