What I learnt from a tree

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It just stood there

Happy to simply be

Sometimes a little gentle sway

Of it's skinny bark

In the breeze

Teasing it's leaves a bit

And when it was bare

It was still just ...there

Standing proud

Putting up with it all

Reminding me 

To do the same

Those determined little buds

Packed full of potential

Showing how essential

It is to live in hope

Of a new bloom

Green shoots

Will emerge again




◄ A Poetic Heart

Deal or No Deal ►


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 19th Aug 2019 11:24

Not 'THE term', just 'MY term'! Didn't want to lead you astray. But it's not bad, is it? You might want to check further back on my input. I have other 'tree' poems too. They fill my life.

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Ruth O'Reilly

Fri 16th Aug 2019 17:44

Thanks Cynthia It's good to know that other people also feel passionate about trees! No, I haven't heard of shinrin-yoku I am going to find out about it now. Poem poppers? Ah so that's the term for a poem just popping into you head? Great?

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 16th Aug 2019 14:34

I'm so sorry you lost your tree! My sister wept for days when a pine tree was taken out from her immediate neighbourhood. I think my husband and I will be much challenged as well, this winter.

Are you familiar with 'shinrin-yoku'? A tree isn't a forest, of course, but surely the same principle is there.

Poem 'poppers' can often be fabulous.

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Ruth O'Reilly

Thu 15th Aug 2019 12:38

Cheers Andy, I started using this tree as a focus for mindfulness & meditation since last winter, then they go cut it down! I was so upset, but at least I got one last gift of an instant poem out of it! Glad to hear you take your time over your poems too, I usually do.

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Andy N

Thu 15th Aug 2019 12:25

that would have took me ages to write, Ruth. I am sure a slow writer, but i can relate to that seeing trees cut down. Sometimes they get cut down for no reason atall. Good stuff (:

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Don Matthews

Thu 15th Aug 2019 10:22

Ruth, I like being quirky
Uniques me quite nice
Would rather be quirky
Cos murky ain't nice

I've been using rhyme for 2 years now and you get to know combinations like quirky/murky. Like anything I guess. Repetition, repetition, repetition......?

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Ruth O'Reilly

Thu 15th Aug 2019 10:13

Nice one Don, you have a talent for immediately taking inspiration from whatever you encounter & weaving it into a quirky little rhythm

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Don Matthews

Thu 15th Aug 2019 10:04

Short and succint
Poems I find
Quickly come out
To the pen from ones mind

I'm lucky I guess
The style of my rhyme
Is short and succint
Does not take much time......

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Ruth O'Reilly

Thu 15th Aug 2019 09:21

Thanks Don, This is the fastest poem I have ever written! It just popped into my head after my favourite tree was cut down yesterday afternoon.

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Don Matthews

Thu 15th Aug 2019 04:10

How could I not
Respond to this Ruth
This wisdom you've written
This wisdom, this truth.....

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