She Did Not Know


Mere centuries ago

The sapling did not know

Where her life may lead

One of a million trees


In youth, she spent her days

Reveling in the sun’s rays

Growing tall and strong

Listening to bird song


Many a year had passed

She grew so very fast

Being strong and straight

Had a hand in would be fate


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


The shipwright’s hands could feel

She was perfect for the keel

This lovely once living tree

Was bound in death to the sea


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


Mere centuries ago

The sapling did not know

That her life would lead

To the tears of wave and sea


17 Responses to “She Did Not Know”
  1. We take so many things for granted in the living of our lives. My heart hurts for this once young and thriving sapling.

  2. beth says:

    I really love this one, and I often consider things like this when looking a special objects, wondering their story

  3. K.L. Hale says:

    Beautiful, Brad. My kind went right to one of my favorite books, “The Giving Tree” 💚💛🤗🥰

  4. kristianw84 says:

    I really love this one. It makes me sad for the sapling. If she had to be cut down, I’m glad her death was made into something beautiful that brought someone joy, but it makes me very sad that she has been left to rot, and this probably explains why I love restoring vintage treasures.

    If you need me, I’ll be out hugging trees! ❤

  5. This is an amazing piece Brad, felt like I was reading a folk or a fairy tale. A tragic tale ,yet beautiful. Wonderfully expressed.

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Great piece, Brad. When reflecting on our lives, sometimes it’s fun to think of non-human things and all of the things they’ve “seen” or “experienced.”

  7. All that time ago, the sapling did not know she would be made famous by a poet of great renown.

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    This is so beautiful Brad. It is sad as well. The photograph was so perfect. ❤️

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