She Did Not Know



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Mere centuries ago

The sapling did not know

Where her life may lead

One of a million trees

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In youth, she spent her days

Reveling in the sun’s rays

Growing tall and strong

Listening to bird song

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Many a year had passed

She grew so very fast

Being strong and straight

Had a hand in would be fate

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For when the axe-man came

Her beauty was to blame

And there in the forest she fell

For she would be easy to sell

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The shipwright’s hands could feel

She was perfect for the keel

This lovely once living tree

Was bound in death to the sea

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Now the spine to many spars

Bearing pitch and deep hewn scars

She lies upon this far-off land

Rotting in the surf and sand

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Mere centuries ago

The sapling did not know

That her life would lead

To the tears of wave and sea

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Comments
17 Responses to “She Did Not Know”
  1. beth says:

    A sad journey through life

  2. My heart lurched at the end of this poem. For me, it was an instant reminder of all of the things which Mother Earth provides for us and how much we use them and then discard them without thought.

  3. Jim Borden says:

    oh but the stories that tree could tell from all its adventures…

  4. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    A beautiful recount of the journey of a tree. Well said my friend!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Seems like a sad existence. The reward for doing well is to be chopped down.

  6. kristianw84 says:

    Beautiful and moving!

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    This is beautiful Brad. My favorite stanza is:

    “Now the spine to many spars
    Bearing pitch and deep hewn scars
    She lies upon this far-off land
    Rotting in the surf and sand”

    I love trees so this poem particularly got to me. When one sees an image like you chose which I love for this piece you wonder what was the life of this ship. Lovely work my friend. Sending you hugs, Love Jonikens xoxoxo

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