The Oak

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The Oak


(This is based on a true recent happening in our WOL community.  It inspired me to follow it into the future....)


They gently laid their loved one

When life no longer woke

Beneath a chosen memory

A living sapling oak


They watched the oak tree grow and grow
They watched, and also grew
Until they could no longer watch
They died, but oak still grew

Their children watched this oak tree grow
They also watched and grew
My story will go on and on
(Through generations too)

The mighty oak stood proud and tall
A stranger passing by
Did wonder who this oak tree plant?
A whisper rose, 'twas I


Don Matthews August 2019

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Don Matthews

Sat 30th Nov 2019 01:55

I am a little Aussie poet
Sticks head up for bashing
Take your pick of Jen or Po
And give me trashing/lashing

Of course I'm only havin' fun
My usual flippant self
Just hopped down for a bit of fun
From my flippant shelf

Thalia says flip flop but don't floor-drop Don......


jennifer Malden

Fri 29th Nov 2019 23:17

Great one, Don. Love the idea of a living headstone too. Don some really great work. Agree with Poem about th thrashing!!!!

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Don Matthews

Fri 29th Nov 2019 22:07

As poets, you will know that every now and again one write hits you and says yes!, you've made it to the top of the mountain.....

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Ruth O'Reilly

Fri 29th Nov 2019 16:15

As you know already Don this is one of my favourites of yours. I love trees, It's exactly what I'd love instead of a headstone. Happy to see you post this.

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Fri 29th Nov 2019 15:28

Don you are going out on a limb here... branching out!

I am Knot taking the, you know what, so leaf it out.

I bloody loved this poem mate. Don't you ever make any more derogatory remarks about your ability as a poet or I will take a huge stick (Oak of course) and give you a dam good trashing.

Image of John Cleese hitting the bonnet of his car, stuck In my head now!

This stands out as one of your greats mate.

You know how the old saying goes "From little acorns, Mighty Don doth grow"



Fri 29th Nov 2019 11:11

I ain't really able to connect with the past development of this piece.
But i must say tree n orchards are growing fast in Wol.....afforestation work in progress...
Bu the underlying theme is what makes this poem a masterpiece.... Conveyed deep n meaningful verses.

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Jason Bayliss

Fri 29th Nov 2019 11:03

Yes I remember this Don, it was a genuinely beautiful piece and deeply appreciated. The concept of a living headstone, i.e. a tree has become such a meaningful one to me that I've decided that that's what I want for my funeral too. J. x

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