Like A Tree

aking1614 By aking1614, 25th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A random thought which popped into my head the other day. As a strong woman (in my opinion), I am much like the maple tree which stands in my front yard. That may sound a little strange, but read on and you too will see the similarity.

Like A Tree

Psalm 1:3
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper

A spring breeze stirs the leaves of the old maple tree
In the front yard, I sit on the steps
And consider the similarities
I too have stood for what seems like ages
Limbs twisting in the wind
Sometimes snapping from the bough
Pieces of bark strewn about from the last storm
Soon raked up, twigs tied together
And discarded, forgotten
Like the many misdeeds I have endured
Still I stand
Offering shade from summer’s blistering heat
Beneath a protective canopy
To all who need it
People, like her branches, pruned,
Often painfully, from my life
That I may grow stronger and reach farther
Seasons change and leaves fall
Still I stand, firmly grounded
Roots stretching forth to find
That which nourishes me
Even through the cold and bitter winters
Spring comes again
New buds sprout forth
Full of promise and life renewed
Like that old maple tree
I stand

©2011 – Andrea J. Shannon


Branches, Life, Limbs, Renewal, Roots, Storms, Strength, Tree

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author avatar aking1614
I am an engineer by trade, but a poet and songstress at heart. I started writing occasional articles online about five years ago, but poetry is still my first love.

find me on twitter@ashanpoetry

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author avatar Songbird B
26th May 2011 (#)

A really lovely poem, Ashan, what a great share this is...

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author avatar aking1614
26th May 2011 (#)

Thanks, Songbird!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Jul 2011 (#)

A truly great poem, Ashan. Thank you.

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