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To Be Evergreen

Updated on January 21, 2017


It’s funny as we get older, we tend to stop all the nonsense part of life. Well, at least most of us do. Most of us grow up and appreciate the simple things in life more than the materialistic side or the party side we loved when we were younger.

When we get up into our 30s and 40s, most of us have settled into a life of family and raising children. Some have careers as well that tends to take up a lot of time. I, myself, have had all the above, but in my late 30s settled in order to raise my kids alone. Life got busy, and lonely, and to keep sane I would find a peaceful place to go off to and just pray or marvel at nature, whether it be in my backyard or at the beach.

The thing I seem to love in life now, besides being with my children, is serenity. The peaceful feel of wind; I love wind, and I love watching wind rustle the leaves in a tree. I suppose that is why fall is my favorite season. I also love the birds chirping in the trees, along with those little rambunctious squirrels that like stealing the bird feed. I can sit outside and just think of all the wonders in the world, and I talk to God.

When writing this poem, I thought about the trees, mostly how flawless the evergreen is. It never fades or seems to grow old, it sits in complete splendor as the seasons go by, even the ones that would kill the rest, the evergreen still seems to hold its beauty no matter. I thought about if we could have that perfect presence in life as humans; not to last forever, the evergreen itself dies, but to be loved and beautiful and happy until the end of our time. I thought how perfect that would be. It may be silly, but it was a peaceful thought, and I came up with this poem from that thoughtful moment. I hope you like it.

Think about it...

What do you think is important in life?

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If we were...

If our lives could be like


the sadness, we feel

would never tell.

Shedding it like a thief

in the night, and shining

again at dawns early


If we could be like


we would never feel

left out of a scene.

Put down or be made to

Feel useless, if we were

only as perfect as


We could decorate the

world with our fresh

green brilliance; no one

would ever tire from

looking at our image.

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.

— William Blake

To grow as...

To grow old as


is to never show our

age or sinful deeds;

oh what a splendid

state of grace that

would be.


is pure, and portrays

a light, it never fails

to be just right.

If we could be as an


we would sprout

beauty to our very


Never to worry when

that may be. Oh, if our

life was as an


A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

— Saint Basil

What a Wonderful World :)

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© 2015 Missy Smith


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    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      That is true swalia, it is the ups and downs that keep life going. I can't imagine that any of us would get through this life without a few disappointments for sure. No, I think this poem was me at that moment thinking how lovely it would be if just for a little while experience life in a flawless way; no mistakes, no loss to endure, no growing old, to die in a perfect peace when it's time. It's purely a wonderment piece. Almost like if you were lying under an evergreen, and your mind wanders because of its beauty. :)

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      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      To live like an evergreen...beautiful imagination! Indeed life would be so beautiful then. But sometimes I think isn't it the ups and downs that keep the life going. We appreciate happiness only because we have known sadness.

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Herban Cowgirl. I appreciate your feedback. :)

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      Herban Cowgirl 

      3 years ago from Wyoming, USA

      I enjoyed this poem, I generally study plants from a botanical standpoint and don't often think of their more philosophical properties.

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      I'm glad you liked this one aviannovice. And, as always, I will take your kind and wise advice to heart. :)

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You have done well with this, my friend. Our lives run parallel to nature, and I think you have hit upon that. You will discover more as you walk your path. However, there is never an end. Don't mistake non-discovery for that. It will move at its own pace.

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Gypsy Rose, for the vote up and the appreciation for my words. The song is a great one as well! :)

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Faith. I appreciate all the support and vote ups. :)

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Dana. I'm so glad you like it. :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Most inspirational poetry. Love that song. Love nature and trees.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Ah, this is magnificent, Missy! I love both your poems. Wouldn't be wonderful to be as an Evergreen indeed. I love the serenity of the countryside and feeling the wind just as you have described.

      Up ++++ and away

      Peace and blessings

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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      If we could be as beautiful as evergreen- What a beautiful thought. I loved the words you chose. A beautiful and descriptive poem, describing nature at it's best.

    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Thank you, Frank. I really feel awesome when people like my words. I'm glad you liked that specific line; it's an important one in the poem. Take care. ~Missy

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      it is perfect.. love the line shedding it like a thief.. a very creative piece Missy.. voted up and awesome

    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for reading my poem DWDavisRSL, and leaving such a nice comment. It is true, the evergreen weathers all storms. It was easy to grab inspiration from it.

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      DW Davis 

      3 years ago from Eastern NC

      Yours is a beautiful poem and a fitting ode to the evergreen which stands tall and lovely through all seasons, reminding us that even in the depths of winters chill life continues on. What a wonderful metaphor to remind us that even at our lives darkest moments we can go on.

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      I truly appreciate the very lovely comment you just wrote. I will do my best to keep sharing here. Thanks so much! :)

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Ditto to you Jodah, you are one of my favorites here. I think you probably know that. You have been a great help and inspiration to me here on Hubpages. Thank you for the continuous support for my work. :)

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      The Stages Of ME 

      3 years ago

      Missy ~

      Beautiful introspective poem. I believe with a light inside of us we can all shine like evergreen, pure, brilliant and amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart in these eloquent words. Keep sharing and one piece at a time our evergreens will show lasting eternal. Beautiful HUB!

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A simply beautiful poem and all round hub Missy. You have become one of my favourite Hubbers and poets. I love every aspect of nature and if we humans could be just a little like an evergreen tree the world would be a better place. Voted up.

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Thanks again, Kai. You are a great friend to have :)

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      3 years ago

      That's right Missy ^^ pretty poem yet again


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