Down the winding path,
Covered with a bed of wet pine needles.
A little girl sings softly to the trees.
As she passes, the trees bow and wave,
Their branches rustling in the breeze.

She calls them by name,
Her stationary and steadfast friends.
They know her call and the energy she brings.
Clad in a red, shiny raincoat, she hugs a special friend
As fat droplets of water splash on her coat.

She peers up at a pine tree, so tall it pierces the cloudy sky.
Her small hand rests on its thick, gnarled bark.
She whispers a secret to her conifer confidant.
The pine tree takes in her words and sways in agreement.
The little girl smiles in delight.

The trees are better listeners than her human friends.
They are the secret keepers.
They are her extended family.
“I’ll be back tomorrow” she tells them, continuing down the path.
The trees know she’ll be back and stretch confidently towards the sky.


Carol Campos
Carol Campos
Like many, I struggled for years wondering what I was supposed to be doing with my life. I had been working in the corporate world for over 20 years, most recently in a leadership role with a Fortune 5 company. Although I was consistently recognized and promoted throughout my career, I somehow knew that I was meant to do something different. I felt stuck in a life that didn’t fit, yet I had created it. What was my purpose? I had no idea. Finally, I left my corporate job and made the leap into the unknown. After doing months of self-discovery work (actually, play!), reconnecting to my higher wisdom, and re-remembering who I was at my core, I realized I didn’t have to fix myself. I also realized that I didn’t have to worry about “finding my purpose.” What I found was that I’m multi-passionate and didn’t want to be boxed into one thing. I didn’t HAVE to be boxed into one thing. I started a podcast and a blog where I explored the human experience—including my own beautiful, messy, but perfect road. This blog later became my column on BizCatalyst 360°. I became a mentor and a wayshower for others. I became a consultant to help improve company culture and improve client relationships. These are things I couldn’t have imagined a few years ago. But as often is the case, the Universe had an even bigger plan for me than I had for myself. My Soul knew what I would be doing long before I did, and I’m grateful that I followed the Divine map that was laid out before me! I love traveling, exploring new cultures, being in nature, and helping people on their own paths. I hold a B.A. in Communications from Hofstra University. I live in Massachusetts with my rambunctious and hilarious cats, Petey, and Emmett.

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  1. Dear Carol,

    Your poem sent me sailing into a most beautiful landscape and treasured dimension. Your love of trees and the way your describe them when there is an infinite connection with a little girl (your childhood, I am sure). I just love it. For a male, I do get emotional, and as I read those wonderful verses, my heart went out to you to say ‘thank you’ for sharing this most beautiful gem. Your poem; written from the heart. I just love it.

  2. I had two big redwoods in my backyard. (They are still there – it is just not my backyard any more.) Their bark is so soft in places, like velvet, and yes, I would talk to them when I was removing ivy from their trunks or apologize if gardening had given them a scar.
    The sound of squirrels running up and down was so different from them running on the oaks, and when the hawk landed in the treetop, observing its domain, everything was right in the world.

  3. Very beautiful Carol. I love the visual this planted in my mind.
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful poetry. It made me smile and added comfort to my day.
    I felt like the little girl placing all her trust in the trees… for they are the keeper of our needs and heal us with all they represent
    Have a wonderful day my lady

  4. Carol,
    This is exquisite. I could feel the tree under my fingers and see the shiny red raincoat in the forest…. and then I heard the whisper.
    For a fleeting moment, I was that little girl. Just beautiful! #trust