Only time will tell

I was an oak, a tree in the wood

Solid and singular, rooted I stood

No wind, nor rain nor thunderous night

could move me from my place of right.

A lesser tree or bush, moves, bends, and bows to the strength of natures might,

I was so right, my core shook and cracked, as I continued to fight.

I was fallen within a fortnight of this blustery fit

suddenly I wished I was flexible, not solid, now split

Undreamed of this happening, this miserable plight

One reality becomes clear- bend a little before standing to fight.

Another thought it comes to mind, I'm not as quiet as you may find,

The screaming starts within my mind,

She knows to read between the lines.

She speaks Not a word for days at a time, my screams my only conversation

The outside of me looks like an oak,

I fear this depiction is a joke,

solid and stable, ha, that ain't me

More like a wild fire, incarnate instability.

There are two perspectives to be seen- one jagged and edgey, the other plain and serene

I balance the two most days at best, but when the beast arrives is anyone's guess.

So...that leaves the screamin inside the only thing that I am able to hide... for when the beast rares its nasty head..... there's no forgiveness that it can be fed.

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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you...

This cracks like hell..amazing how you spell out subtle hints..I think it's not 'only time will tell..'It's only YOU will tell..

This one has it all - beautiful, awesome, poignant, still and flowing. Totally enigmatic! :)


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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

What a beautiful poem. And I love trees too. I can understand the conflict between the two halves in the one. And this is beautifully written. Liking and rating up.


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Well written and poignant. Enigmatic me indeed. Liked it very much.


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Enigmatic Me 5 years ago from East Coast Canada Author

blaise25....I still have them in me.... just takes longer to conform to gel before I send them out in the world. Sorry so long in the making ;)


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Enigmatic Me 5 years ago from East Coast Canada Author

Astra Nomik... as always I appreciate the kind words... hope I can continue to live up to them ;)


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Enigmatic Me 5 years ago from East Coast Canada Author

Docmo... I believe a first comment from you. thanks for taking the time to read my humble offerings. Look forward to seeing what you have as well.


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Matthew Weese 5 years ago from Auburn

Very well written, truly enjoyable.


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Enigmatic Me 5 years ago from East Coast Canada Author

Thanks Matthew.... hope you will read more.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Great poem all the way. So captivating and well written. You have mastered the use of words. That's a rare gift. Keep going, peace.


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Enigmatic Me 5 years ago from East Coast Canada Author

ubanichijioke thanks for the kind words. I'll be sure to take a look see at your hub!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

You pulled me into this poem, I was just a passer by. Your poem has taken me where I wasn't expecting to go, because that solid oak tree is me too and I have recently come crashing down, astounding those who only saw the solid mass and who now scampering, scared.

Very powerful writing of self that provides insight for others who connect. My votes and thanks and sharing.


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Enigmatic Me 4 years ago from East Coast Canada Author

Fennelseed, thank you for your kind words. I understand your situation without knowing particulars. I wish you a speedy re-invigoration. No matter the shell, the gooey centre always comes through ;)

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