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The Oak and The Vine

Updated on March 13, 2011

Does love sprout from this warm sunny vine

Or does it twirl endlessly around a comfortable branch

Basking in the sun

Flowering like a morning glory

Content in all its surroundings

Planted in fertile soil

Steady and stable

Winding and winding

Silently and ever so tightly

Toward the sun

And there it rests

On the Oak branches

Growing, getting stronger

Settling in, without a sound

Gently, faithfully, comfortably

The wise Oak asks the vine

“Why did you decide to rest here?”

And the vine answers back with just a sigh

Stroking the arm of the branch so softly

Lovingly, politely, without a sound

Wrapping its leaves so snugly around

And so they remain bound

The Oak and the vine

Tied together comfortably

Softly, silently, gently,

Without a sound

The world turns round

The mighty Oak and the vine

Tied together, for eternity


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    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      thank you Epi, i love the word 'elegant' (i have a secret love affair with words, and you use a lot of them, 'evocative' is another) Thank you so much, you may borrow my oak and vine for one of your gore stories if you like, you know I never mind if its for one of yours, you know I love your darkside! :)

      fibo777, thank you so much, i know sometimes its hard to appreciate something out of your own writing style - I've found myself in that position before and always glad afterward that I did. So you words mean a lot to me. Namaste.

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      7 years ago from UK

      Wonderful personification. Beautiful pictures. Liked it. I never tried writing poetry myself. But I enjoy reading it from time to time. Thanks for the hub.

    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago

      ...well I truly love this one Erin - it's so simple, elegant and beautiful - and unlike some of epi's tree stories - no dead bodies or frisky lovers - lol lol lol - just your very evocative writing style shining right through!!!!

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Wonderful Doug, the whole thing is a metaphor. I wanted to talk about a problem I am having, and here it is... but it turned into something that everyone is seeing as beautiful, so let it be. I know the problem still exists but perhaps my words just didn't say it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...Thank you for commenting, your comments are always so helpful to me. Namaste.

      Miss jkim, I am so glad I was able to transport you outside for a break under the shade of this lovely tree. So glad you loved it. Namaste.

    • miss_jkim profile image


      7 years ago

      I love this. It is so simple and elegantly written that it took me out of my lifeless office, and into the shade of the lovely old oak.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 

      7 years ago

      Nicely done. I feel like there is strong metaphors in this poem that currently escape my exhausted mind. Maybe something about how love needs strong roots... I don't know, I'll have to come back. Really like your clean and professional style; nice imagery. Cheers.

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you so much, all of you. Again you know how I love to write each of you all individually - but time has gotten away from me today again. Tomorrow will be spent visiting all of you, which I have so missed in the days that have swept past me. This poem again just came to me - as I was publishing I thought to look for pictures and there they were - so perfect. You know I sincerely wish you peace and love, and happiness. and yes, this was about love and two souls that were intertwining...but the reason eluded me. Perhaps you can answer that one for me, maybe its the mystery to love that I cannot seem to grasp.

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      I loved this piece of Poetry, Erin, so soft, so beautifully written...very special.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Enjoyed. Voted up!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Loved this Erin, not only are you a great story writer but a poet as well. I love Oak trees. I had one at my old house. I hated to leave it. Thank you.

      Cheers and Smiles

    • Genna East profile image

      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      As someone who loves nature, I found this to be imaginative, knowledgeable, and beautifully written.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi Erin,

      Beautiful words with pictures that complimented them just right.

      Thank you so much for sharing.

      take care,


    • vietnamvet68 profile image


      7 years ago from New York State

      This is beautiful Erin, the mighty Oak entwined by the love of the vine reaching for the heavens.

      God Bless

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      Christina M. Castro 

      7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Erin, I have always loved trees. And I was a tree climber myself. Living in the suburbs, in an area near a reservoir we had tons of trees. This poem suits me since trees are really a wonderful part of nature and a part of life. Thanks for a good hub! Christina

    • saddlerider1 profile image


      7 years ago

      I loved the strength of this piece. The majesty of the mighty oak reaching for the sun with great thirst with it's vines complementing it's mighty climb to the heavens.

      Firmly planted in the earth that feeds it and sends it on the winding twists to the sky of blue.

      Lovely piece and yes very visual..

    • No_Clue profile image


      7 years ago

      lovely metaphorical piece! Very visually vivid...nice job!

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      7 years ago

      a great observation and well written.


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