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Asleep In The Tree (A Poetry Challenge)

Updated on January 21, 2017
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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A Poem Challenge

Another short and whimsical poem inspired by the 'Poem Challenge' . You may ask "Why would anyone fall asleep in a tree?" Well read on and maybe you'll get the answer.

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Asleep In The Tree

The weather's so fair

And the wind's in your hair

But you have to take care

To make sure you lie square.

Hear the birds sing a song

In the bough that seems strong,

But the trunk is so long

That to fall would be wrong.

In a dream this I see,

I'm sure it can't be.

That young boy is me,

Asleep in the tree.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Beautiful poem, Jodah! I love your choice of pictures.... but especially the one in the bottom with the sun almost like in the heart of the tree with a beautiful quote!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      My pleasure kidscrafts. thanks for reading and your kind comments

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I pinned the picture with the quote :-) Too beautiful to resist!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You are always welcome to share anything you wish.

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      Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      What a nice poem, Jodah with beautiful pictures too. Voted thumbs up and awesome.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Beautiful poem, simply delightful, loved it!!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jo, I am glad you enjoyed it. Always great to get you encouraging comments. Have a great day.

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Loved this prompt, too! Excellent work!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you writinglover, for the kind comment.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Perfect poem and perfect graphics to match, Jodah.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Jodah,

      So glad to have found you! Smiles. I love the whimsical feel to this poem. I am also big fan of Rumi. V+!

      Kim

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Kim, for voting up and glad you enjoyed. Yes Rumi rocks!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful Jodah.

      Eddy.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      The photo of the boy sleeping in the tree and your words about it make me very sleepy. Perfect way to enjoy life.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes teaches, I remember when I was a child we had a tree house and I loved lying up there in the cool shady tree and dozing off. Thank you for readng.

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      beautiful words and pictures

      There is a lot of heart and love behind this.

      Sleeping in a tree brings one closer to nature and closer to the spiritual world. It quiets your mind.

      Thank you

      Laurie

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for your kind words Laurie. Always nice to see you visit my hubs. I agree with what you say about the joys of sleeping in a tree.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Here is a poem that stands still in time. I always pictured myself sleeping in a tree. I came close to achieving my dream while living in Hawaii. The sweet boy in the photo touched my heart.

      I have a spiritual connection to trees. I rarely miss a day without hugging one (I live in a forest.)

      The Rumi quote touches the strings of my heart.

      So do you. Votes up and sharing across. Sweet peace to you Jodah ~ Audrey

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for that wonderful comment Audrey. I am glad you found this poem special and can relate to it. My aim is always to touch at least some of my readers with everything I write. I too am a tree lover, living in rural Australia on a 40 acre property, 2/3 still natural forest.

      Sweet peace back at you, and thanks for voting up and sharing.

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      Haydee Anderson 3 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      Great poem and pic to represent the dream! Voted up!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello midnightbliss, thanks for your kind comments and the vote up and share. I appreciate it.

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      JoyLevine 3 years ago

      Love the main pic you chose here and even more so the subject matter. Trees were a big part of my life growing up.. nearly my favorite past time. I loved to climb trees. Still do. I hope I never grow up! :)

      I had to laugh too, because I quite often would fall asleep in a tree. There was an old tree at a park that was big and beautiful with long sweeping branches. It was a magnolia and until I moved about a year ago, it was a favorite hang out of mine. I would climb up in the big branches, high enough no one could see me, so I could be simply anonymous. I would read for hours, think, ponder... mostly just take in the sounds and sights around me. So much nature would come alive when I was up there. I miss that tree.

      Waterfalls and trees... those were my safe havens, far from the crowds and hussle bussle. Nature is pristine, and everything is sincere. It's an honest you can't find in the world anymore.

      Thanks again for sharing. I will be checking out more of your hubs. I'll have more time next wk. I've seen a few that have piqued my interest.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the generous and interesting comment Joy. It is great to hear about the personal experiences that a poem or piece of writing evokes from a reader. I loved hearing about your affinity with trees, and waterfalls. I too love to be surrounded by trees and nature, and fortunately I am in my present location. In fact most of the places I have lived have been in rural, or bushland settings.

      I too loved to climb trees. We had a big flame tree in our garden at one place and I built a tree house there, where I spent most of my days. Yes, sometimes I wish we never had to grow up.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Lovely John, I (yawn) feel like taking a nap. Just kidding! It was lovely and inspiring and I felt right at home when I read it. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you very much Kevin. Hope you have a nice big tree nearby..lol. I much appreciate the vote up, share and pins.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Asleep in the tree ! What a beautiful dream and an equally fantastic poem ! I know what pleasure it is to be in the company of trees. They were such good friends to have spent time with in childhood when children acted like pure monkeys. I was fortunate to be among that lot. Also, when we mature, it is equally pleasing to think about them, see them and experience their wonderful rhythm with the wind, rain, rays, days and nights. How wonderful that you thought about these wonderful creatures even in dreams ! John, I love the way you weaved your beautiful dream in this lovely poem. Voted up and shared.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for such eloquent words Harishprasad, and the vote up and share. I am so glad you enjoyed this poem. Trees are a big part of my life.

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      Neetu M 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      And" when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall"!!!!John, very nice poem - thank you. Sort of reminded me of that lullaby I used to sing to my children when they were little.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi wordswithlove, good old "Rock-a-bye Baby". I remember it well. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Just beautiful! "The birds sing their song" is the reason why you probably fell asleep in the tree! I so enjoyed the peaceful and beautiful description of your words. The photos are amazing and go perfect with this masterpiece~! Shared and Up into the trees. :-)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much for your kind comment Jo. I wrote this for a poetry challenge a while back and the words just seemed to flow. I think the poem only took me about ten minutes to write. Glad you liked the photos too. Thanks for sharing and voting up.

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      bluebird 2 years ago

      A nice poem...and cute as well. Thanks!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you bluebird. Going by your name I can see why this appeals to you.

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