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Friday, August 28, 2009

Tree of Life....


I am completely mesmerized by this tree.
I pass it each day on the way home from work,
and it's long been my intention to photograph it and share it with my readers.
There's something so tragically grand about it ~
arms lifted Heavenward, spindly, thirsty fingers twisted
and reaching downward for sustenance.
Mind you, this is not the result of our recent drought,
it has been dead or dying for many years now.


By trade, I am a Respiratory Therapist in a hospital setting;
it has been my lifelong vocation to offer
comfort and healing to the sick and dying....is it perhaps for this reason
that I feel empathy, daresay even a kinship with this tenacious survivor?

It brings to mind the venerable words of poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer...

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Amen.


7 comments:

gail@myrepurposedlife said...

wow! (she says with a tear in her eye)
that is an awesome picture!
I'm glad you shared the picture and the poem with us. :)

gail

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

So you are a tree watcher, so am I. Kindred spirits indeed!

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Hi Gail,
Thank you for appreciating my beautiful tree! I call it mine because I feel a sense of ownership, almost as though it's so tragic that no one else would want it. I'm glad I was able to "save" it for posterity before it is no more.
Have a blessed weekend,
Anne

Anne~fiona and twig said...

More and more kindred all the time,
Theresa! :-)

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

OH. I just found you and am so glad that I did. Such wonderful writing. Vivid. I look forward to reading more. ~Mindy

Anne~fiona and twig said...

I'm really glad you found me too, Mindy! I'm going to pop over to your blog and leave you a note now....

Anne

Alissa said...

i, too am drawn to trees that are 'past their prime'...what a wonderful poem. i am going to have to right it dawn so i don't forget. thanks so much for sharing.

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