The Tree

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Once this fine tree graced a forest.

Natures noble green giant.

Birds nested and played amongst the leaves.

Searched for insects in the tough brown bark of the tree

Safe and secure in its green canopy.

Whilst berries and nuts in abundance during summer

Sustained many, through the harsh cold of the dark winter months.


Squirrels lived aloft, high above the forest floor.

Raised their young to race around its branches,

Scamper up and down the solid brown trunk,

Storing food in hidden places for leaner times.


Its base was shade for plants and flowers.

Lovers rested in the heat and haze

of a hot summers afternoon.

Its roots dug deep into the earth

Seeking out moisture and providing shelter

And safety to small mammals ,

Who foraged for food and slept beneath.


Trees are the lungs that breathe for the earth.

Clarifying the air and purifying the wind.

Its roots prevent erosion

That steals the soil, that grows the food,

That feeds many


Now the tree is dead.

Killed by the swift blows of an axe.

Uprooted from its bed of rich warm soil

By the cold relentless pounding of the sea.

Carried across the ocean

And washed ashore, from who knows where.

Val Cook

February 2010




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Val Cook

Wed 10th Feb 2010 16:32

Thanks Janet & Stefen.

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Tue 9th Feb 2010 10:13

Hi Val,
perhaps it was a Christmas tree thrown from a yacht or passenger liner or maybe it broke loose from the depths of the sea where the Titanic lies or....
Phew! That's what the pic made me wonder. Your poem is brimming with imagery from nature and compassion for living things. It's lovely yet sad and i truly did enjoy reading it.


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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Mon 8th Feb 2010 23:04

Good evening Valerie-loved this very much.Sad sight to see though for sure.Its more than likely it will serve another purpose,if beachcombers with saws come along.Its not the kind of thing you can put over your shoulder! thanks-Stefanxx

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