Stoic Branch

TreeA broken limb from the branches of the tree that stands so still

Has lost its green as it withers from the sunlight on the hill…


It reaches far as its raiments glitter brightly in the wind

Then the rainclouds come and force its stoic soul to bend

Now it trembles in its weakness as the chaos of it all

Left it helpless as it musters to cling to the tree so tall

It’s detached as the wind whips it in all directions to and fro

The tiny limb once so carefree has no idea which way to go

The sap of life that used to run from the tree into its veins

Has been cut short from the wound that it bears as it drains

What it once knew and all it had to the ground drifting silently

Cold and numb it cannot move no words to utter an outward plea

The seasons changed and as it grew the scar became a sturdy knot

For it survived its ordeal and been made stronger through the lot

The tiny seedlings from the pods that had fallen from its leaves

Had grown to touch the little limb and lift it high amid the trees

Now the limb a lovely branch reaches out to touch the sun

From the tree that stands so proud of the stoic sturdy one




© 2009


About Kay Salady

I write about the greatest force on earth that, I believe, lives on forever and surpasses all else. "All your poems read like I am watching an artist use words instead of colours full of feeling." ~Anon.

Posted on September 29, 2009, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The nurturing tree becomes a metaphor between a mother and her child as the child becomes ill with a mental disorder and then rises above it. It really does take a village to raise a child as their limbs raise her high to touch the sun!


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