Under the Canopy–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

Join Bjorn Rudberg (Brudberg) over at dVerse Poets where he asks us to write on trees…Under the Canopy: http://dversepoets.com/2014/01/18/under-the-canopy-with-dverse-poetics/

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  1. we are all boughs and limbs on that tree… great metaphors here.. i like it a lot… this tree of life is a thought we should carry with us, and damaging one bough might damaging ourselves.


  2. Wonderfully described! I am working with an art journal project using trees and their roots — metaphors for ourselves. It’s good to have noticed of your new posts! 🙂


    • I saw your amazing art journal, Becca…what a great idea to do one on trees. I love them. Thanks for the warm welcome “home” too!


  3. Nice imagery.


  4. “It reaches high / Elevating itself”—that’s a tree; that must be us… so much to learn from such an adorable being… i loved this! smiles…


  5. there’s much to say about strong roots and how the storms of life may can damage the branches a bit but how it stands firm and ready to birth new life again and again..


  6. there is much we can learn from this tree then eh? how to put down the right roots and how to depend on one another for support as well….smiles…life finds a way….


  7. Wonderful poem. I really love the idea of storms giving the tree grace.


  8. such a strong symbol of strength and endurance…from the roots up…indeed, they withstand many storms..


  9. I love this metaphorical vision of the tree of life.


  10. poetrypea

     /  January 19, 2014

    What a great metaphor for the human race!


  11. The symbolism of trees just amazes me. I love what you did with the tree of life, Gayle.


  12. I love the comparison, trees and humans share so much – including breath, come to think of it. “Sustaining life” – love those words! Great poem! Nice to see you posting, kiddo! Missed you!


  13. I love the metaphor… elevating itself – that we might follow that fine example.


  14. you make us long to be like a tree


  15. Lovely words. We could learn so much from our tree friends – if only we had the sens to look.
    Anna :o]


    • Thank you, Anna, and happy to have you visiting again. Yes, we could learn a lot that’s for sure…if nothing else but to be still.
      Gayle :~)


  16. We are all so much like the trees… Some are strong and sturdy, others get blown down at the first sign of wind… and we each have our roots embedded to keep us stable… Some of us branch out wide, while others are small and contained… And each of us need to let go of burdens/leaves or they will drag us down through the storms of life.. There is a time for growing and a time to rest…
    We can learn a great deal from our Silent Ones..

    Love to you Sue xox



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