The Legend of Leafy Brook Poem

A Published Poem.

This was my first published poem in an Anthology a few years ago. I love trees, and often wonder if they do have some sort of memory that can retain all the history that happens beneath its boughs. It's a romantic thought, but I do believe the trees must soak up some of the atmosphere of the time, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy it.

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In Leafy Brook,

A fallen tree

Lay dead and waste upon the ground

The bark is bare and rotten brown

In silence, weeps it's silent sound .

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How many men have sought it's bough?

To rest the weary, mop their brow,

To fight their cause

Through mud and pain

To taste the sword, see brothers slain.

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A quiet sorrow bends it's bough,

And grief soaks through the hallowed ground

And men will sleep their peaceful sleep

Beneath the blood soaked, trampled mound.

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How many men have shared your pain

And felt your strength

Course through their veins

With broken limbs and many maimed,

They lived to fight, their strength regained.

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How brave you stood,

One thousand years,

Soaked with blood,

Awash with tears.

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As age will take it's toll on man,

The same must come to you, my friend

So weep no more, be calm inside

Then sleep the peaceful sleep with pride.

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In leafy brook,

A fallen tree

Lay dead and waste upon the ground.

The bark is bare and rotten brown

In silence weeps it's silent sound.

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In leafy brook, a fallen tree

Not dead, just resting, quietly.

, ~~

M.L. (C)

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Chad A Taylor 6 years ago from Somewhere in Seattle...

Truly resonates in my heart and weaves an anciant tale...


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keira7 6 years ago

Great hub my dear friend.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

thanks for reading it, I wrote this about fifteen years ago, and I have no idea why my fingers were typing it! I suddenly felt the urge to get it down on paper, but to this day I have no idea where it came from! lol to chad and thanks again for your comments keira.


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Carol the Writer 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Great thoughts. Glad you are able to share this with us! - Carol


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Such well written words and deep thoughts. It is fantastic. I am looking forward to the next one. Thank you for this hub.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

hi, thanks carol, I appreciate the comment, and Hello to Hello! thank you for saying it was fantastic. I am scared to do any more poetry, because I think this one was my best, but I'll have a go. lol Nell


philip carey 61 6 years ago

It's beautifully written. Trees have inspired so much poetry. Will check out some of your other stuff this evening.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hiya, thanks for visiting, I just hope when i get another poem pop into my head, it comes out like that one! unfortunatly some of them don't! thanks again Nell


philip carey 61 6 years ago

I know what you mean. So many of the ones I attempt fall short. Your's is beautiful though.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

thanks for your kind words, it's nice to hear from you. I really appreciate it, lol Nell


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

I hope this is the first of many on your hubs. I Enjoy reading your work.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hiya, D.A.L, thanks for the comment. This poem came to me one night when I had finished writing a letter to someone, and without any reason, I suddenly went for it! and somehow this poem emerged. I think it was because it was about two in the morning, and your mind tends to be more receptive to poetry then. It was a bit like automatic writing!! just flew onto the page, and it is still my favourite. thanks again. Nell


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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Strong metaphors make it so deep and poignant...


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Moulik Mistry, thank you for your nice comment. cheers nell


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JannyC 6 years ago

Very nice your poetry has an old world charm to them.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, JannyC, thanks for your comment, I love to write in this way, as I am a bit of a Middle Ages fanatic! I actually wrote this in about ten minutes, and to this day, I have no idea where it came from!! spooky! thanks again nell


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

hi Nell, it's the ones that come quick, mostly in the night, that gets wedged in tight to our frame, then gets put to paper to spin webs and touch hearts. Super piece, I loved it :) aloha~sa`ge


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Sa'ge, thanks for your nice comment. You sound so poetical yourself, I love the way you put that. thank you so much. nell


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Nice poem, I enjoyed reading it.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Coolmon2009, thanks for your comments, and reading it. cheers nell


Kishorilal 6 years ago

Hi Nell, good to know that we live in same county!

Of all your poetry, this one is the best. Like it very much.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Kishorilal, thanks for liking my poetry, two Brits together! lol cheers nell


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ahorseback 6 years ago

Nell, this is great and insightful , no wonder you are published!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, ahorseback, thank you for reading it, and I am glad you like it, cheers nell


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KristenLNewsome 6 years ago from Valley Alabama

Hello

I just wanted to say Mazing and beautiful poetry!

Your very talented! I do hope to read more from you!

I myself am a aspiring poet and i hope to talk some with you! I have had 4 poems published so far and had honor or being awarded a Poet of merit award! I do hope you have a wonderful day!

Take Care!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Kristen, nice to meet you, well done on the published Poetry, I will be over to take a look at your work, thanks for reading my poem, cheers nell


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eventsyoudesign 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

I love poetry. I can see why this poem was published. It is a very emotional piece. Have you ever gone to a poetry reading? The audience would enjoy listening to your poetry. Your poems are well written and passionate. Teresa


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, events, thanks so much for reading it, I used to belong to a reading group, we learnt together at night school how to put stories together etc, It wasn't a bad class but we only learned a little bit as the tutor had to leave, but as I had already been writing for years it didn't make much of an impact, so when we joined our own little group we listened to each others writing and it was much better and a lot nicer, thanks again nell


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Oh well Nell - war is hell. I can't imagine why or how you would need to edit such a compact poem as this. I'm delighted to read the complete version. You are ever so full of pleasant surprises. I have never thought, heard nor seen such a prominent emphasis upon the 'bough' of a tree and yet it is such a splendid word. Don't be so dismissive of the praise you receive as it is well-deserved. Twenty years of reading and writing is a 'labour of love' leading to the 'ten minutes' of inspiration that mothered this beauty.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, sligo, thanks so much, I am glad you like it, it just came to me when I was writing a letter! I quite suprised myself! lol thanks as always, nell


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Absolutely brilliant, what more can I say. You made it come alive with every verse and broken bough. I am so happy I stumbled on this one, you are truly a poet, never discredit your ability, let it flow it will find it's own course and be read and enjoyed. Thank you for it, I push all your buttons with delight.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, saddlerider, thanks so much, this was one of those poems that came out of nowhere! ha ha thanks for pushing the buttons! I really appreciate it, cheers nell


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

I think they are very often the best kind. i wrote one last week and it has done well on here.I think because of your standard of writing everyone is expecting something good from you. So far they haven't been disapointed at all. I doubt whether you would be able to write bad hubs. I doubt it.I thoroughly enjoyed this one again!!

Take care


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Eiddwen, sorry for taking so long, I seem to be in such a rush this week! thanks so much for saying about my writing, but I know there is a lot to be improved on! ha ha you should see the amount of paper screwed up in a ball before I get it on here! thanks as always nell


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accofranco 5 years ago from L Island

Hello Rose, your poems are awesome, but i like this on the more. i love poetry a lot, but i have not published any, i have a lot of em, please i would love to hear from you, how can i make this dream of putting them to the public a dream come true? thanks for this awesome poem. i love the stanzas; "...How many men have shared your pain...."

"...And felt your strength..."


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, accofranco, thanks for reading it, I am glad you like it, the best way to write poetry is to write it down first on paper. choose a subject, write it down in a few lines that you like and then try and get them in order. when you have done this, try and match up the ends of the lines into rhyme, of course it doesn't have to rhyme, there are so many poems out there that just flow without it. it comes from the heart, just have a go, and soon you will realise that you have done it! good luck with it, cheers nell


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skellie 5 years ago from Adelaide

Great hub. I have always had a facination with that time and feel you captured what they would have experienced, perfectly. I to, have had some poems published in books and was broke myself at the time, so know how you feel.

Good luck with it in the future, you are very talented. :)


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, skellie thanks so much, I used to write loads of poetry, but I have lost most of it, I would love to get it published again, cheers nell


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duffsmom 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Nell Rose this is absolutely beautiful and what a wonderful way with words!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, duffsmom, thank you so much for liking my poem, thanks nell


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

This was beautiful...rated up.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Thanks Enlydia, I am so glad you liked it, cheers nell


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

So very well written, and beautiful. God Bless you precious heart.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, stars, thank you so much! I wrote this ages ago, and it was kept in my drawer at home. I have no idea where it came from, I was writing a letter and all of a sudden I had the urge to write this! I am so glad you liked it, cheers nell

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