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A Poem: Standing There Tall

Updated on November 14, 2011
Trimmed and even girdled, this Chinese Elm continues its relentless climb upward.  May our youth of today climb relentlessly upward as well.
Trimmed and even girdled, this Chinese Elm continues its relentless climb upward. May our youth of today climb relentlessly upward as well. | Source

The ground we stand on determines our height...

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A Chinese Elm Tree is prolific, persistent, and cannot even be planted in some locales for those reasons and due to its seemingly overwhelming thirsts. Here is a simile in poetic form between the tree's millions of seeds, and today's milions of youth.

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The elm seeds go prancing and dancing along, seeking a shelter to grow straight and strong.

Youth now go prancing and dancing along, seeking excitement with its chance they'll do wrong.

Not all of the elm seeds, nor all of the young, will bend down then straighten, when wind songs are sung.

But oh, how I see each spring of the year, how special the youth, how special and dear

To Him in High Heaven, and to those of us here.

Both free as the wind to go as they choose, to grow up strong, or themselves to abuse.

For dancing and prancing aren't the problem, you see. It's shelter and purpose that make a tall tree.

So, if you would go, and if you would see, determine your purpose ahead of your glee.

For doing so first takes a moment---that's all---; but the promise: pure bliss, when you're standing there tall!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      You are "Standing There Tall" too. Right? ;>)

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Nice poem. It made me smile. :)