My name is Tom and I am an online reporter at The Sun in the UK.
I am interested in writing a story about someone who experiences arborphilia or has another rare sexual fetish.
If you are willing to share you story with me that would be great.
We can pay you a fee so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The wind was cold but the sun was high
I wrapped my arms around a willow tree
I wrapped my arms around a century
Its bark was warm against my face
The tree stood steady against my weight
I thought of time and tides and graying hairs
I thought of men long dead who had once stood here
I thought of tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrows
As dirt I'll be, in a hundred years
But on this ground, time slows enough
- to remember and be remembered
I've long had a love and admiration of trees -- I guess that makes me a bit of a "hard core" tree-hugger. I feel proud of the care I gave to an Douglas Fir tree I planted back in junior high for arbor day ... I actually had to rescue the tree when it was a wee sapling when the previously empty lot next to us underwent construction and landscaping, burying the sapling under several feet of dirt ... I actually dug it out with my hands. I also watered it in long dry spells and tore away blackberries that threatened to snag it when it was just a young sapling. Today, that tree stands a good 30'+ and the diameter of its trunk near the base is almost as big as my forearm is long, amazingly it rivals the older trees in our yard for height and size.
I was upset when the forest behind our house was destroyed to expand the neighborhood. I also wasn't too crazy about it when I was a guest at a friend's house in Colorado and was asked to chop down a tree so he could get a clear satellite signal ... I did it and don't remember complaining about it, but I remember regretting killing the tree. I used to have an interest in carpentry, but was daunted by the notion of killing trees. I thought if I ever got a place of my own, it'd be made of steel, stone and/or concrete, that I wouldn't want any trees to die to make it.
yeah yeah, I'm all around neurotic
Anyway my history of arborphilia came to mind today as I reflected on the gradual death of a young apple tree in a neighbor's yard visible from where I compute. It was a young tree, scarcely 7 feet tall no thicker in trunk than a broomstick. It became very heavy-laden with fruit and became unsteady, leaning over one way until a strong gust would tip it to lean over another way. Day by day, its leaning over drooped what had been its highest reach lower and lower ... today, its poor trunk finally gave out, snapped and broke.
Am I the only neurotic tree-lover to feel pained at the death of trees?
I have to say.. today was probably the best day of this year. I was on the way to work.. When I saw him. He was long, tall and handsome, and he looked fairly colorful. His leaves were orange and bright red, and just the site of him made me feel a hapiness I have never felt before. I couldnt help but pull over. His leaves went well with the color of the sky, and he had the friendliest looking face i had ever seen. I decided id call him Phillip Rae. I cannot wait to get to know phillip, as i believe he will make the perfect mate. His Zest for life made my will to live a bit stronger. He allowed me to take a leaf home as a token of our newly found friendship, and I hope, that it will blossom into much more. The Dirt that grew around him was soft and welcoming, and I Layed beneath it for a while. I was so caught up in this beautiful finding, that i was 20 minutes late for work. It was worth it. I am sure Phillip Rae and I will bloom into something stronger than life itself.
Now, I know this community has a no tree pornography rule and I applaud it for that! But, instead of not posting tree pornography because we want to be taken seriously, does anyone feel offended by tree porn? I believe trees should not be objectified. They should be respected! And many trees are harmed during the filming of tree porn :( I just love trees, so so much, it pains me to see them being objectified/abused for someone's cheap thrill!!
Please do not support tree pornography!
In my deep deep contemplations of issues, I am wondering, would it be considered an abusive relationship to use sandpaper or other means to smooth the tree to avoid splinters?
I also find that when a tree has lost bark, the wood under the bark is very smooth... sometimes moist if the bark was still alive. I am worried that this might lead me to abuse the trees... for example, one time I even burned the bark after I tore it off, amongst the kindling of fallen limbs of my love's brethren...
I am a monster, and yet I cannot stay away from the shade they provide and warming my hands by their corpses' fumes and light...
Anyway, there is a logical reason too, and that's since it is highly advised here to wear the condoms to avoid the STDs, if you don't sand it smooth then they could tear and I could get her pregnant! Nooo.