January 31, 2012

The big tree outside my window



You stand there all day
in the rain
a quiet and serious look
like those royal guards
everyone tries to make flinch

you don’t seem to mind
the frost at night
though sometimes I sip tea by the window
and sense I am flaunting
my comforts

mostly I feel gratitude
for the familiarity of your limbs
the way your seasons remind me
of a bigger story

I take for granted
your steadiness
but I wonder
if I peeled back the earth
perhaps the effort is enormous
your roots clenched like toes
a constant struggle
to stand
so tall.

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tree poem stunning and so too “The Bent Lily” that someone posted here! I found this site through Chris Dunmire’s creativity prompts, what a find:) ‘soul candy’ and just the thing to get my poetry writing a regular thing once more:)

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You have given “the big tree” character and personality, and given us the opportunity to realise that even “big trees” can have “a constant struggle to stand so tall” ….

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Hello Samantha.

This is to say thank you. I’ll let my poem say the rest.

The Bent Lily

And so it comes to pass
that on a frosty winter’s
night my love for these
words cease to enlighten
me that I rest my quill in
it’s inkwell forevermore

And like the bent lily
knowing it will soon die
remains a thing of beauty
the words my heart utter
no longer have meaning
but will always persevere
awakening anew with the
warming thaw of spring

For poetry, like a flower,
meant to revive the spirit,
is only a transient affair
it is there to remind us of
the wonders and fragility
of a life that is at its very
best so little understood

In the end, I would rather
be remembered simply as
a mediocre novelist than
as a poet whose failures
and folly were exhumed
in every line he ever wrote.

For Samantha Reynolds
si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit

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“if I peeled back the earth
perhaps the effort is enormous
your roots clenched like toes..”

*chills*

This is my first time commenting here. I adore your words. I look forward to my daily emails.

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Your words are a much appreciated gift.

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One of my favourites so far…..beautiful!

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ooohhh…words fail…I have trees outside that I feel the same way about. Thanks once again, B

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thank you for this ~ I needed it this morning. It helped me to centre.

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