The tree apart

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The tree apart

Alone, far from the settled crowd
of brothers, sisters and the rest,
I see them all, but from afar,
they within the family nest.

This field wherein I stand and weep
is cold and damp and makes me sad.
To stand here all alone like this
is quite the worst time to be had.

No leaves I have to wave hello
or noises like the winds might make
to tell the distant crowd I'm here,
or how my heart does ever break.

The rains and dew come damp of late
and help the cold provide
a shiver now, a moaning sound,
escaping me from deep inside.

It's said tomorrow there'll be sun
to shine – to quell my fears.
I'll see my people yonder still,
and through the pain, I'll dry my tears.

The birds will fly on in to sit, to sing,
among new leaves then growing
upon my branches, sad no more.
It's joy that I'll be knowing.

They said I was a special tree
that was to live apart.
I guess for each, there is a plan,
as for each stop, a start.

If you're a tree out in the world,
alone on some cold land,
remember that warm sun will come.
It's then that you will understand.


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

That is just lovely.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was fascinating poem. Brother, you never cease to amaze! I'm so glad to know this from you. Voted up and take care!

Prasetio


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

"WND" (wetnosedogs) - Thanks. I got to looking at that photo (c.1960 or so) of that lonesome tree in the field over by Georgetown, Maryland. How odd that it was there all by itself. Plenty of trees yonder. Made me wonder some.

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

prasetio - You are most kind in enjoying the poem. When the keyboard took on the typing of the words, I was never quite certain of where the poem would actually go. What was of interest to me was that looking at an old photograph gave rise to thoughts that did not have all that much to do with a tree in an otherwise empty farm field.

Gus :-)))


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this great verse. Nice message too


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Martin (Mhatter99) - It is good of you to tell me of your thoughts on "The Tree." Sometimes poems help to get the message out into the world.

Gus :-)))


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

I guess we are all like this lonesome tree from time to time. This is beautiful, Gus and voted that way.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Hi BP (breakfastpop) - Don't have much time here to reply. Gotta head on over for my morning treat at your place. :-)

Glad you enjoyed the poem piece.

Gus :-)))


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Lanzskie 3 years ago from Wales, United Kingdom

WOW! That is so good. It is really relatable. The enjabnment, the style, tone and such, I have to say beautifully crafted man!

I will deffo have some time to read the rest. It grabbed me you know ;) Happy writing!


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Hello Roland (Lanzskie) - It is kind of you to say such pleasant things about this poem. Kinda like when I learned about the bananacue peddler...

Your goal and mine is to lay the words on the table and hope that everyone will put some of their own favorite sauce to them before swallowing.

Have fun today, Roland. (something to do, right?)

Gus :-)))


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Lanzskie 3 years ago from Wales, United Kingdom

Hello Gus :)

Yeah, I lay the cards down on the table, but I always make sure to keep the aces. Like Carol Ann Duffy, I'm not fond of using interesting words such as 'plush'. I too keen on using simple words in a complicated way and open for another interpretations.

Anyway, again I enjoyed reading this. I'm sharing it! :)

Roland


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Lanzskie 3 years ago from Wales, United Kingdom

and voted up! ;)


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Hola Roland (Lanzskie) - "Up" beats "Down" every time unless you are stuck on the 29th floor in the broken lift. Thank you for your thoughfulness.

Gus :-)))


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Gus... bravo... bravo... what an awesome poem of the life of a tree... loved the way you have brought mankind into the same setting...

Hugs from Canada


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I really like the poem, Gus. I love trees and poems about them. You have done an excellent job in bringing them to life.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Good Day to you, Rolly (Rolly A Chabot) -

It is good of you to write that you enjoyed that lonely tree. Mankind is the viewpoint. The tree is the critter with the roots stuck in that wide and empty field. (Big difference from the forests that you roamed those many years ago...)

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

teaches12345 - It was fun to write about the tree's experience of aloneness. It was to be expected that you and I could project into that situation. Better days are coming, right? Not so certain, though, that having birds flying in to sing their little heads silly, or leaves being all that may be available to communicate to folks over yonder are the best of ideas. But the bright sunshine is a lifter of the spirit for one and for all.

Gus :-)))


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PADDYBOY60 3 years ago from Centreville Michigan

Very nice Gus. We had a big Live Oak tree in the middle of one of the fields in Texas. I used it for shade many times while working. Only one out there, but the ranch owner couldn't bring himself to cut it down. I wish these farmers were like him now.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Patrick (Paddyboy) - Now and again you will see a tree like those loners out there in the middle of huge farm fields. The tree in the photo is such a tree. I appears to be eyeballing its brother and sister trees over yonder. Kinda looked that way when I gazed at it, anyway.

Gus :-)))


Jabo 6 months ago

Lovely, you write with such feeling.

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