If We Were All Trees

This Is What Our Life Might Be Like

All our life we had to struggle

From our past to our present

Right from birth we had competition

I started out as a little acorn

Born premature three months early

I had a fifty /fifty chance I was going to make it

It took along time for me to seed

I lay on top of the ground for months

Wondering if some squirrel will come along and pick me up

Only later to be his afternoon lunch

Luckily with the falling leaves I was able to hide

Then came the hikers who walk

Hey watch it

You can easily crush me with one step

The weather changed again with the wind came the rain

I now lay out in the open sun

My outside shell is tough enough or so I thought

Here come those pesky little ants trying to find one little opening

I lay still just like I do with other bugs

They become tired and leave

My friend next to me not so lucky

They made the way through a tiny crack

Now he is their home for seven

A full house

I am so lucky

One summer day I heard voices

A family was walking

They were off in a distance

Until the youngest little girl went running

Wouldn't you know she ran in my direction

Her mother told her to be careful

Sure enough she tripped on a tree root

Being a tree it takes years for our roots to grow and take hold

Growing strong and wide

The root she tripped on

It was my uncle Chet

He laughs a lot

He is so smart

Every day is so much fun

Now in his early fifties

Enjoying life and tells me every day is a picnic

So the next thing you know

The little girl trips and falls

Uncle Chet always did have big feet

The little girl starts crying

Her father quickly comes to her rescue

He has these big heavy boots

With one step I could be a gonner

The father helped his little girl up

She wiped her cute little tears from her eyes

What happened ?

I was running and I fell

All because of this acorn

Hey that's not what happened ?

I don't want to be a tattle tale

We know it was uncle Chet's fault

The girl stopped crying and she wiped her knees off

She had a little scrape

Her older brother Robert came over with their mother

I haven't seen this many people since the Boy Scouts a few years ago

Uncle Chet said there was the young couple who celebrated their fifteen year anniversary

They invited all their family and friends for an outdoor barbeque

What a time

They played country music , cooked ribs and chicken on the gas grill

Lots of corn and fresh strawberry short cake

I'm sorry

That was two years before you were born

After all these years

What a young and beautiful bride and a proud husband

Even though that had no children of their own

They had two nieces and three nephews

Some old enough to have kids of their own

The youngest Joseph always smiling and happy

Over the years the family has shrunk

There were cousins no uncles and three aunts

They told stories of when they were young

Their parents would have family party's ever year

No matter how busy life got

They always made time for each other

Now times are different

Everyone works

They had friends and co workers

I remember them dancing in the woods

They sprayed yard guard to cut down on the bugs

That was the year Aunt Mary was born

When uncle Chet gets talking

He can talk all night

So as the little girl hugged her mom

Her mom held her hand

The father out of know where said

Don't you think you should take this acorn

This is the one that made you trip and fall

We wouldn't want someone else to fall

The little girl smiled

She held me in her hand

Stuck me in her pocket next with some metal jacks and a ball, a lucky penny and a bracelet with the name Cami

Off she went

I waved a quick goodbye to Uncle Chet

He thought it was a good idea for me to travel and see the world

Home was beautiful in Massacusetts

Who knew I would move to Maine

I remember falling asleep in the car

I always love to take a nap

Mixed up with the dirty laundry

After being put through the wash once

I am really surprised I am still here

Left on her bureau for months

One day she took me out back in her beautiful yard and said

I have the perfect place for you

She dug a whole with a shovel taller than her

Planted me in the ground

Over looking the field

I look at the mountains and see the sun

I am a first to know when a storm is coming

She plants a garden every year

I see all kinds of vegetables

Lots and lots of tomatoes

Grass and flowers and a fish pond

Three blueberry bushes and a big white rose bush

I love it in the summer

She always comes outside in the early morning

She waters me first

Talks to me and tells me her plans

Then sometimes later in the afternoon

She sits under my leaves and says I give the best shade

Reads a favorite book or talks about her day

How lucky I am

To be not just any old tree

One picked out special

Not just by anyone

By a girl they call Cami















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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Most creative. I think trees are wonderful. We have a great big oak in our garden I've named Henry. He gives us strength and hope. Trees also always have a fantastic view of the world as they stretch into the sky.


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Gypsy Rose Lee Trees are all around us and give us clean air. They make our life healthy and natural. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 months ago from Great Britain

I love this so much. I love trees anyway but your poem is so filled with the imagination of a child....(I mean that in the nicest possible way)

I cried after reading your E.Mail and dared to come back to hubpages for a peep.

Thank you so much for missing me.

Thank you for the needed encouragement you gave me.


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DREAM ON 2 months ago Author

Dim Flaxenwick You too make me very happy. I don't know what problems come into people's lives. I do know what I love about people and how people make me feel. I am my happiest when I see people smile. They can be my family, relatives, friends or total strangers. I know that for that one moment all things seem right. Troubles if there are any are on a temporary hold. I feel no matter what are differences are we connect on a deeper level. That connection gives me a joy I can not buy. It just is like a starry night or a beautiful sunrise and sunset. I can look and each time I see something different. Something I didn't notice before.Unfortunately the feeling doesn't last forever. So I constantly look for the next moment that is a little like the first but better because we have found a way to duplicate a series of good feelings like tapping keys on the old typewriter and watching the keys strike the paper with desired results. There are so many people that I never get to tell if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be the person I am today. I can go on and on about how much I look forward to talking about all our experiences one by one. I enjoy listening and staying in tune with my friends. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 months ago from Great Britain

Thank you.......so much...


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DREAM ON 2 months ago Author

Dim Flaxenwick We all have only one life so lets make the best one we can. Sharing friendships and stories that make everything grand.Enjoy the day doing all the things that make you happy. I have to go to work but always love to find the time to dream and laugh the day away.


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 months ago from Great Britain

You are a gem. Thank you.


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DREAM ON 2 months ago Author

Dim Flaxenwick I appreciate all your comments. If you ever want to share thoughts, feelings or something on your mind please e-mail me anytime. I am so blessed with having so many different struggles that keep pushing me to find a way out. Not always the best or fastest way. The only way I know at the time. It gives me new inspiration and desire. Only to repeat the process thousands of times. The time is 2:52 A.M. My wife is fast a sleep I just got an adrenaline rush. I left the slider open and five or six little bugs made it through taunting my every move. I have to spray the screens with bug spray something I shouldn't done three weeks ago but I keep putting it off. Have sweet dreams and maybe it will give you the strength to feel better a little at a time. Soon it becomes a habit and you are stuck with happiness and simple feelings of love for the rest of your life.


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

I nearly missed this one, Michael! It's like a charming fairy tale, except that it's all true, I'm sure! Your similes and metaphors are perfect. I feel like I know that little acorn and he's grown into a fine oak tree.


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DREAM ON 2 months ago Author

Nellieanna The Oak tree is a beautiful home for a family of birds and a jungle gym for all the squirrels to climb. It shows some age but looks beautiful covered from head to toe in snow. It's branches reach high into the sky giving oxygen to the world so we all can breathe better. It may look like any other Oak tree on the outside but on the inside it has the the thoughts of a great Red Wood or a tall pine tree. A great combination of inner and outer makes the tree happy and healthy. Thank you for knowing me. I'm all bark no bite. Have a beautiful weekend resting, reading or just pampering yourself with a little self love.


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

haha- good pun, 'all bark no bite.' Made me laugh out loud, Michael. I love your romancing the mighty Oak. I have neighbors both sides with oak trees reaching over my front yard. It's like having some of my own. I have a magnolia tree in the front yard. I have big Bois D'Arc trees in the back yard. Both yards get a lot of good shade - and the squirrels love them.

Being a desert rat, I like my trees a little less dense. Woods sort of scare me. But individual trees are wonderful. There are a lot of mesquite trees at the ranch. It's a whole-other creature, feathery leaves but protective thorns. Tough beans containing sweet fruit. Wildlife love them. They provide limbs for the many birds.

I had a very intense weekend except for Sunday, when I just relaxed and recuperated. Had to make a very fast turnaround 1000-mile round trip to the ranch. Left Friday, got there after dark, did what we had to do and drove back Saturday. That's a lot of hours in the truck during a pretty short period! There was only a brief time-window for it.

Our mission didn't produce the quick-fix for the problem we hoped for, but it provided the for-sure knowledge that it wouldn't fix it so we can go on to the next step, - more expensive, but might actually be a step for the better in the long run. It got us thinking of creative alternate systems. We WILL get it fixed, since there is no water on the place till it is fixed. Water is the one most vital element on the place. There is NO surface water, so all water is pumped from the one very deep well my Dad literally drilled in 1927. It's 712 feet deep.

Overall, we had a lot of good conversation, laughed a lot and did some exploring we hadn't taken time for before. And there is nothing better than sitting out under that night sky with pure air, NO light pollution or other pollution. The Milky Way so clear and embracing. The air smells so fragrant from the desert plants. Sleeping is pleasant - on the hard bunk beds in the little cabin George & I built with our own 4 hands in the 1990s - no trouble getting to sleep.

We take lots of drinking water, don't stop to eat en route and there is nothing there except some minor items in the fridge, so I make deviled eggs, prepare fresh veggies to munch, fruit, healthy chips & some cookies. I lost 2 pounds. haha.

Celebrated a 'successful' trip back at the house with a glass of sherry out on my patio, watching the sunset, which was gorgeous after the storm earlier before we arrived. We ran into a bit of it on the highway, intense but short-lived. And the most amazing sight! It was like an unassembled rainbow! Just big globs of the colors along the horizon just under a bank of dark clouds. Lavender, blue, yellow, aqua, pink. Tried to take a pic with my cell phone, but while moving & from the opposite side of the car, through a treated window. Haven't downloaded so not sure if it 'took' or not. It's etched in my mind, anyway. It was like the colors were down there, waiting to be assembled into a rainbow when the cloud cleared off.

It was a different kind of pampering with self-love. That place is such a deep part of my heritage, it's soul-satisfying to go occasionally. I'm blessed to be able still to make it and to have someone who genuinely cares about it so much. He's like a son to me. God is good.


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DREAM ON 2 months ago Author

Nellieanna I now can say I have been to Texas. You gave me such a wonderful description I loved looking at the sky and the beautiful colors. So peaceful you forget you're on planet earth. I can see why you and George built the ranch. I love taking a walk down memory lane. I have been very busy at work and reading about your journey took my mind off my current situation. I love seeing other peoples views. Thank you for keeping me updated. I keep thinking and praying that your problem will be solved soon. Have a great night.


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

Yes, Michael, it is peaceful down there at the ranch. It is different from so many places on planet Earth and it feels a little like 'time travel' to go down there!

Actually, it was my parents who were responsible for the ranch, which they acquired about the time I was born, as an extension to their original ranch, the Headquarters Ranch. Mine was always called the "New Ranch".

George had a background of loving life in the country, though his was in a very different kind, his great uncle George's farm in Kansas. But he fell in love with that rugged Southwest Texas country which was such a part of my heritage. Together, we embraced it when it became mine. It was the cabin we built on it. That was an amazing experience, beginning from the ground up. We spent a lot of very memorable time there for many years, at least half of all our time, till his health prevented our going. It's so far and so remote from medical help that it became too risky to be down there.

The current problem will have to get solved soon. I know it will. Thank you for praying about it. Like so many things that happen, good will come out of the set-back and the challenge.

I'm glad that reading about my trek provided you with some welcome distraction from whatever may have been pressing on your mind. It's usually beneficial to get perspective via some kind of situation other than whatever may be going on close-by. Sometimes we're so close to our own immediate situation we can't see around it. Something else gives us that view.

I'm about to head for bed now. It's been a busy day full of challenges.


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DREAM ON 2 months ago Author

Nellieanna Today I had a busy day. As I write little small bugs are some how coming through the screen and attacking me. They are like little arrows jabbing me. I kill one then there is another. I sprayed the screen with bug spray they must be immune to it. Another puzzle in life to be contemplated. I love the sliding glass door open it is great for fresh air. When I receive your comments it takes me awhile to comment back. Thanks for being so patient. I just want to let you know how grateful I am that I get to talk to you. You have helped me focus. I also appreciate you telling me about your life I love to hear all your stories. It is if I am a kid again and all the things I dream are possible. Even if they don't make it in this physical world they happen in my mind where it really matters. Wishing you a little more happiness than before. Who knows maybe a present will be waiting at your door. (Shells)

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