Birds of many feathers will flock to a good tree
To dwell amongst its branches and feast upon its fruit
Does a tree have eyes to see the birds and their array?
Do not be surprised or say that they are not welcome
Besides, how else will the seed be carried away
To be planted in the tree’s vicinity, so that it
may be surrounded by many good trees
Let them eat of its fruit and be of good health
Do not be shocked when one strikes it with its beak
To burrow into its trunk to create a crevice for itself and its young
When there are two good trees placed side by side
Know that there will be an overabundance of birds
Do not be startled if some traverse from one to the other
When one tree is not yielding much fruit
The other will pick up the slack through pollination
Can a tree see what lies hidden underground?
Do not be alarmed when worms come and damage its roots
For they will only grow back more resilient
Was this not to be expected?
Were they not in the earth before the tree was planted,
and its roots extended to block their course through the dirt?
Therefore accept and shelter the birds, endure the worms
And continue to produce good fruit