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Updated on July 29, 2018


Here I stand, majestic but old,

I remember the days of my youth

When I was admired for my beauty

My strength.

Many would seek succour at my feet,

I gave relief to young and old,

People from many nations have made my acquaintance.

I gave my friendship freely,

I saw their faces light up at sight of me,

But I am only one, alone,

I have nothing to give.

Eventually they all leave me

To my solitude.

Now you see me,

Here I stand,

I strike a pose.

But after all, in the end,

What am I

But a dead tree?

Left here as scenery

For others to strike a pose.


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    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you again.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      6 years ago

      I needed another read - as usual. You know I love your work. God bless.

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you for reading my poem, I am glad you liked it.

    • mismazda profile image


      6 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      Oh my this is a beautiful poem...and very much true.....Great job...voted up..

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you, Micky Dee

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Alone dear Hummingbird. Nicely done!

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks for your comment. I think this tree is in many photo albums all over the world. I have seen it on Flikr too.

    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hummingbird - Can't make nice, warming firewood out of newly-sprouted trees, can you? Like old friends gone away versus the ones that still come a'calling. A very enjoyable piece of work here!

      Gus :-)))

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you for your comments. There is something special about walking in a woods among the trees. You can sometimes imagine it is just as it was for people hundreds of years ago.

    • K. Burns Darling profile image

      Kristen Burns-Darling 

      7 years ago from Orange County, California

      Trees are amazing as they usually have something to offer people at any age....even if it is just as old dead tree firewood. This reminded me a bit of "The Giving Tree" by Shell Silverstein, a children's book, but one that contains a message suitable for adults as well. I like trees, and I liked this very much. Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you everyone for reading my poem. I am glad you liked it. This tree is in the garden of Jahangir's Tomb in Lahore. It is probably more than 300 years old.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      7 years ago

      Beautiful, sad and very thought provoking. Voted up and beautiful and awesome too!

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Ingenious and realistic, Hb. The photo is a perfect illustration. The tree, that is.

    • Kamalesh050 profile image


      7 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      'Awesome!'. Keep up your good work my friend. Voted up. Best Wishes, Kamalesh

    • ladyjojo profile image


      7 years ago

      This was short and sweet. Voted up and Beautiful


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