The poet compares the branches to recently discharged hospital patients. Because of the ceiling above them, the big branches of the trees get confined, and when they are free, they rush clumsily to the outer world. The small branches are like injured people who will never recover completely.
In a sense, we are all wounded souls who will never be healed completely. But because of God's mercy, we can take steps toward recovery through faith in Jesus Christ.
The Bible says that Jesus "came to seek and to save those who were lost." This same Jesus "will come again to judge the living and the dead." At first glance, these might seem conflicting statements but they're not. Jesus came to save us while He was still on Earth, and He will come again to judge us after we die.
So Jesus' return and judgment will give us hope. Even though we are sinners, God is a forgiving God. Through Jesus' death on the cross, we can have our sins forgiven. And since His return will reveal our fate, we can face eternity with confidence.
Tall trees are compared to humans by the poet. The towering trees, like humans, observe the clouds and their surroundings. They provide refuge for birds and, like night watchmen, keep an eye on the sleeping world. Humans, too, have been called "the noblest tree of all".
The poem has a symbolic meaning; the trees are an extended metaphor for women. The poet says that the women have rested, healed, and recovered and are ready for their primary purpose—to renew the empty forest of mankind. Women were responsible for planting trees when they went on vacation or left home for any reason.
He tells us that while the men go out to fight wars or hunt animals for food, the women stay at home making sure that a new generation is raised. If there are no children, then the women plant trees so that the world is kept full of life.
In this poem, the poet is saying that women are valuable and should not be treated like objects. They should be given rights equal to those of men.
The poet wishes to be a tree because rain would wash him from leaves to roots. He want to be a tree so that he may provide shelter for numerous birds and animals. He want to be a tree in order to be sanctified by contributing a portion of himself to religious ceremonies. Most important, he wants to be a tree because trees do not die young.
Trees have many advantages over humans. Trees are immortal, they cannot be killed or hurt, they can never cease to exist even when their bodies die. Humans, on the other hand, will one day perish. When this happens, there will be no one left to remember them or give thanks for what they had done for society. Trees should, therefore, be revered and loved since they provide shade, food, and protection without asking for anything in return.
There is also a spiritual reason why the poet wants to be a tree. Trees are always alive even when they are dead. They continue to grow and develop even after they are cut down and burned. This shows that trees have a spirit that cannot be destroyed. Humans, too, have a spiritual side that cannot be harmed by any means. The only way to kill it is by doing something evil such as killing another person or oneself. Trees' spiritual strength cannot be damaged so they will always come back to life while humans may come back as ghosts if they are not properly buried.