To have so much empathy & feeling for the tree is so touching. To reside in that place, where you have so much love for living things, must be a joy & difficult at the same time -- to have the joy of that compassion & yet to choose to be witness to pain as well.
Definitely a breath of fresh air to read this.
I decided many years ago to buy only balled trees and plant rather than kill. We have some lovely trees surrounding our property from this decision. The previous years I would make Balsam pillows and my trees went to the crib as twigs.
Now, we have fiber optic ~ not the same but a lot less guilt...loved your poem! Paula