Introduction

Shirley Bauer wrote the poem Trees. Trees’ versatility and multifunctionality are described in the poem. Birds, animals, and humans all benefit from trees, which provide fruits, timber, and medicines, among other things. The poet, Shirley Bauer wants the reader to understand the importance and uses of trees in our day-to-day lives. 

Theme of the poem

The poet, Shirley Bauer wants the reader to understand the importance and uses of trees in our day-to-day lives. 

Stanza 1

Trees are for birds.
Trees are for children.
Trees are to make tree houses in.
Trees are to swing swings on.
Trees are for the wind to blow through.
Trees are to hide behind in “Hide n Seek”.
Trees are to have tea parties under.

The author outlines the various uses of trees in this poem. Trees provide shelter for nesting birds and provide a comfortable home for children to play. While playing ‘hide and seek,’ children build tree houses in them and hide behind them. Trees are often used by individuals for their tea parties.

Stanza 2

Trees are for kites to get caught in.
Trees are to make cool shade in summer.
Trees are to make no shade in winter.
Trees are for apples to grow on and pears.
Trees are to chop down and call, “TIMBER- R-R!”
Trees make mother say,
“What a lovely picture to paint!”
Trees make father say,
“What a lot of leaves to rake this fall!” 

Kites get stuck in tree branches, giving individuals the opportunity to climb up and retrieve the kite. During the summer, trees give pleasant and calming shade, while during the winter, trees allow the sun to shine through and impart warmth. Beautiful flowers and fruits are produced by the trees. The attractive trees enchant the mother, who desires to create a picture of them, and cause fathers to discuss the falling leaves that must be collected during the autumn season.