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Mindful Tree

Updated on February 2, 2016

In the long morning 

Shadows of tall buildings 

My thoughts and I strolled  

To a row of waterfalls pouring 

Into a pool that reflected 

The gentle bright sky 

On a weathered gray bench 

Breathing the fresh air of the new day 

Before the rush hour assault


To the water, my eyes closed 

For a moment 

After the moment 

My eyes opened 

Slowly focused 

A maple tree 

In front of me  

Silver gray bark  

Slowly I became 

Aware of the tree 

Planted at crossing paths 

Where many pass 

Gashes in its skin  

People on their way had left their mark 

Initials and hearts 


Of love, time and space 

Written with knives 

By those who cared nothing for the life 

Beneath, within 

Closing my eyes again 

The tree trunk glowed 

Golden as sunlight 

Pulsing with love of life 

Its only will

To grow 

As I sat in its shade it came to me 

The tree is completely at peace 

Bearing no grudge or even memory

Of thoughtless blades  

Wanting only to simply 


May you be at peace.
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    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      Thank you. :)

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      9 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Beautiful poem. Well written. And very emotionally stirring. Just a reminder of how much of nature is brutally ravaged for the sake of the almighty dollar. I guess i am just one of those hated "tree huggers" after all. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks, Tom...been down with viruses and extremely busy at the Inn. Trying to get back to writing. Love that many of you are now recording and posting readings of your poems.

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      Thank you. Lovely to see you :)

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Another one of your beautiful poems...Love it, Tom

    • ltfawkes profile image


      9 years ago from NE Ohio

      Hi, Tom,

      Beautiful language. I especially like:

      Initials and hearts


      Of love, time and space

      Written with knives

      Great irony. Nice job.


    • TheManWithNoPants profile image


      9 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Up, awesome and beautiful. Reminds me of something John Prine might write. (that's a compliment Tom.)


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      9 years ago

      Well done. Thoughtful and restive.

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      9 years ago

      Beyond beautiful!! As I read, I felt I was in the presence of that maple tree.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      9 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Very nicely done with plenty for the reader's reflection.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great poem:) You're right too - carving up a tree has always been romanticized - I've never really thought about it from the poor tree's point of view:)

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      9 years ago

      Indeed an eyeopener ans an inspiring delivery at that

      now stop being creative or the rest of us have no chance 'K?

      Thank yo


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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is very inspirational. I never thought of a tree being injured by carving names. This is a one-of-a-kind and i enjoyed it immensely. Thank you.

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      Thank you. When I opened my eyes it was if the tree had materialized there while my eyes had been closed. Up past its strong trunk its leaves spread so joyfully, soaking up the sun.

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      9 years ago from Australia

      Lovely poem Tom. Trees bring awesome spaces of inspiration don't they. The space you created was as if the tree itself was the canopy over human frivolity, as if the tree was giving.

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      9 years ago

      Explosively exquisite -- marked both by supple simplicity and mindful meandering. Thanks Tom


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