Tree of Life

The tree of life

Has roots so sturdy

A steady base

Supporting all

A trunk is needed

To sustain each branch

Of myriad sizes

Each one a must

 

Tiny twigs

A limb becomes

Forking out

Diverging solid

Different directions

Taken by all

Freedom to grow

Brings strength to the whole

Though some may falter

And break away

The remaining bough

Makes up the altar

Each one relying

Through years of strife

Bearing what comes

Sustaining life

Though winds may blow

And trials lay waste

The tree stands firm

With yielding grace

It reaches high

Elevating itself

Fearless, bold, self-assured

Honorable, dignified and blessed

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  1. jgavinallan

     /  May 26, 2011

    Hi Gayle:
    I love being first…
    What an uplifting poem…reassuring…that…”though some may falter and break away”—I guess there will always be friends to catch you

    love and hugs

    Jaye
    xoxo

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  2. Abolutely delightful. Thank you! 🙂

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  3. I love this. I was able to visulize it as I was reading it. I love looking at tree. They are so strong and powerful. Good job with this one .

    Namaste,
    Izzy

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  4. Trees are one of my favorite metaphors of the mystical life and, of course, this poem conjures up images of Kabbalistic spirituality. Nicely done, Gayle.

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    • It seems that many belief systems use the metaphor of the tree in their teachings. Most can relate to their strength and stateliness as being qualities that we strive for.
      Thanks, Victoria.

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  5. I really like how you set your lines up in this poem to appear strong like the trunk of a tree. Beautiful message.

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    • I hadn’t thought of that when I wrote it, Leslie–it just came out that way. Interesting!

      I’m glad you like it.

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  6. Jingle

     /  May 31, 2011

    awesome view on trees of life.

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  7. This should be on a greeting card.

    Does where a “seed” is planted, its environment, determine if it’ll be a strong tree, a mildly strong tree, or a weak tree? I’m always going back to the nurture versus nature debate, perhaps both have a role to play in a tree of life.

    Have a great weekend. 🙂

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    • Why thank you, Apollorose–what a nice thing to say.

      I think it does make a difference as to the strength of a tree as to where the seed is planted. And of course some seeds never sprout and become trees at all. Only those will grow strong that have all the components that can sustain life–sun, water (not too much, not too little) nutrients, etc. What if a tree should grow where there is a “tree disease” and it becomes infected. And are some trees “born” with internal maladies like humans? I think so.

      Thank you–you have a good weekend too. : )

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  8. just loved it Gayle. 🙂

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  9. gossamercy

     /  July 16, 2011

    This is lovely 🙂 I love how, though branches diverge and take their own directions, they come together to form something strong and whole, rooted.

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  10. So elegant, absolutely stunning loved it!

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  11. The Tree of Life reaching to the heavens.
    Honourable, dignified and blessed. Lovely.

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  12. Happy Rally.

    tree of life is worth noticing.

    🙂

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  13. Jaan Pehchaan

     /  July 16, 2011

    Beautifully written. If I were to be born again, I would like to be born as a Tree – Fearless, bold, self-assured, Honorable, dignified and blessed, never needing to go anywhere in search of things, content within!

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    • Thank you, Jaan–I appreciate that.

      I think I would too. I kind of like the idea of not having to look outside myself for “things” too!

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  14. Julian Javier the Cyber Mushroom

     /  July 16, 2011

    great motivational piece here! i stand in awe. =)

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  15. As a metaphor for human life, a tree stands tall.

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  16. i like how you describe the tree in this poem, thank you for sharing.

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  17. Beautiful, true and powerful

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  18. It is great to learn that nature has its own charm to teach us about life itself. How we supporting each other, how achievements start from little things and how well the root is…

    Naturally beautiful poem, Bodhirose.

    keep on writing. ^^

    -dhitermination.wordpress.com-

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  19. Greetings:

    Hope all is well.

    Noting that you have won the perfect poet award for week 58,
    what an achievement, thanks for your outstanding contribution to us
    along the way, keep up the excellence. Best!

    A poem of your choice or a free verse is accepted.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Respect and hugs.
    xoxox

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    • All is well and I appreciate your lovely comment–thank you so much.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you–may you be surrounded with love and prosperity in the coming year.

      Love and hugs,
      Gayle xoxo

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