Different ways of creatively reusing and preserving old wood is a reoccurring theme here at SemiDomesticated. Recently inspired by a beautiful music video shoot in the forest with Hanna & Kerttu and Michael Ferguson from Not a Wooden Spoon, which will be featured here tomorrow, we have decided to dedicate this entire week to our love for trees and the many fruits they bear.

The prayer below has been used in the Portuguese forest preservations for more than 1,000 years and is a great reminder of how ubiquitous trees are in our lives. We encourage all our readers to go into the forest and show some love to the trees. For those of you who can’t, take a mental trip to the forest with our favorite wilderness blog Poler.

Above (clockwise from top left): Treehugger, pile of wood, forest, wood texture
Above (clockwise from top left): Farmhouse in Norway, jointed wood, shooting star, wood texture

I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights,
the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun,
and my fruits are refreshing draughts quenching your thirst as you journey on.

I am the beam that holds your house,
the board of your table,
the bed on which you lie,
and the timber that builds your boat.

I am the handle of your hoe,
the door of your homestead,
the wood of your cradle,
and the shell of your coffin.

I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty.
‘Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer: Harm me not.

— Portuguese forest prayer