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The barren tree stands so tall beside the still clear water. Poetry

Updated on February 14, 2016
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

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The robin will build a neatly crafted nest

The barren tree stands so tall beside the still, clear water

The roots soak up nourishment which is richly filled with usable fodder

The winter cold hangs heavy on the leafless dead like limbs

The wind whistles, threatening but the limbs are strong refusing to bend

A robin comes to rest on the snowy tree

It finds food from the seeds blown in from the nearby sea

The tree appearing lifeless, another one of God's mighty creations

Soon spring will arrive and the tree begins a new awakening source for the new generations

The little robin will build a neatly crafted nest

The tree will bear fruit for the taking. The limbs will give shade to all who stop to rest

When I look at a winter tree void of any visible beauty

I know when I return in the spring I'll see full blooms with buds and a delightful array of fruity booty.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Love the "fruity booty", Ruby! Spring is coming alive here in Central Florida. Buds are popping up, the pansies are lifting their smiling faces to the sun and all is well.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank. I am happy you came by to read this piece and thank you for the magnificent comment. Blessings.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      Always.. what a magnificent poem.. everything is so right about this collection of words Bless you :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ann. Yes, spring is about to spring forth and I'm a happy camper. Thank you so much...

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Beautiful poem full of colour and hope to contrast with the barren tree in winter. I too like the sleeping trees in winter which burgeon into a life-giving system come the Spring - and that's not too far away now!

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Surabhi. I am thrilled when you visit and like what I write. You are a true poetess and I love to read your work. Thank you. Much love to you!

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      Whhat a lovely poem, Ruby. The video matches perfectly... kiss an angel. Lovely! Much Love!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. The winter has been so harsh, writing about spring lifts my spirit. I know you've had horrible snow and coldness too. It is going to be 60 today but windy. I'll take that anytime over snow and frigid weather. Thank you. Happy you liked the music..Hugs.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Your poem writes of hope and renewal the robin can scent in the air. Winter robins are a hardy lot, as are we, waiting in the cold gray of winter with the promise of spring. Life usually finds its way. I really liked this lovely poem, Ruby. Especially after experiencing the "Polar Vortex" last weekend. Brrrrrr....cold. And the music is a delight. :-)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rasma. Yes, spring is coming! Woopie...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tammy. Thank you. I'm thrilled you enjoyed. Hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron. It is beautiful here today, 50 degrees! I am happy you enjoyed this. Thanks for the poem. Peace and happiness my friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Lovely, lovely poetry full of hope of the spring. Enjoyed.

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      Tammy 

      2 years ago

      Ruby that's beautiful

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, my gem of a friend,

      You have written another beauty

      In spite of the harsh cold winter

      This warms me to my soul

      As I anticipate springs emerging from the cold

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      Blessings my dear friend

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ed. I would love to see a black squirrel. I am an avid bird feeder. I love to see the different colors, especially the red robins. There are always pigeons eating the seeds the birds drop on the ground. Thank you for coming by.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You are welcome m Abdullah. Now write some poetry. I'll be watching for it. God bless you my friend.

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      ahorseback 

      2 years ago

      I was an hour above Montreal this weekend in sub-zero weather , so we watched the bird feeders for hours , the birds are so strong in their ability to overcome the winter elements and I often think about that . We also saw , for the first time ever , black squirrels ! Anyway , keep up the nice writing !

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peg. Seeing a woodpecker in your budding tree sounds wonderful. I've had different colors of wrens and red birds eating out of the feeder. I love to watch them. We do like a lot of the same things. That is great! Thank you so much. Hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello manitata. Would you believe it snowed all morning but the temp. was 40 so it melted. Sounds like you had some bad times with the weather too. I have been meditating and writing today. It is supposed to be in the 50-60 this weekend. Yea. Take care. Peace and happiness.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. It is snowing here again. Will it never end? I can still envision my tree in full bloom come spring. We just ' gotta hang in there. Happy you like Charlie Pride as well as your mama. Thank you sweet one. I love you too. Hugs...

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      muhammad abdullah javed 

      2 years ago

      Thanks Ruby for the wonderful encouragement. May God bless you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. Oh yes, I'm so ready for spring. Your comment is beautiful. That's what makes writing so much fun when a poet like you reads it and likes it. Thank you so much. Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Clive. I'm so glad you find my poetry refreshing. Thank you for telling me....

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      Peg Cole 

      2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Breathtaking photo of the winter tree and a wonderful poem to go along with the return of spring. It's happening in our area already. Yesterday I took photos of the woodpecker in our tree that is already beginning to bud out. Seems like we love the same things, Ruby; beautiful trees, sunsets and birds.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      So sorry. I'm actually quite practical and empathise with you. America has more snow.

      Last year, in Germany, my Friend and I had to abandon the vehicle on a hill, and put extra blocks to prevent it from running down the hill. We got home and he struggled to get indoors. So we borrowed some tools and spent time clearing the driveway.

      My brother is in NY so things can be hard some seasons. Hope that you are well. Be careful with the 'slides.' London is not bad, God's willing. But I'm best with temperate climates, like Ka'waii.

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      Maria Jordan 

      2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Ruby,

      I am ready for Spring yesterday and your poem gives me hope that she's round the corner.

      Mom loved Charlie Pride~ me too... :)

      Love you and hugs, mar

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      mckbirdbks 

      2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby you capture the truth about things not seeming how they appear. Many could learn this lesson you so freely give. Wonderful.

      I sense we are ready for spring.

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      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      hey always exploring, its always refreshing to read you poetry.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello m Abdullah. I've read your prose. I think you could write poetry. Just look deep in a picture and see words, they will come. I looked at the tree and thought about all the activity during the winter and all the beauty come spring. My thoughts/ prayers are with you. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello manatita. Guess what I did this afternoon? I swept the two inches of snow on my porch and steps. Burr! It is supposed to be in the 50-60 Fri., Sat., and Sun. Whoopee! You're lucky, you like the winter and summer, so does my sister Mary. I must have lived before in the tropics in another life. ' Ain't ' fair to be born where it's cold. Hee. Thank you again. Peace and blessings....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric. I am so envious. I would love to be basking in the heat. Thank you for the wonderful poem comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 

      2 years ago

      Yes Ruby to be honest I thought of penning down of my thoughts in the form of a poetry many a times but couldn't do so, pray for me. In fact the poetry-ness is in my gene I suppose as my Father and Uncle are good Urdu poets. Anyway thanks for the inspiration.

      Peace and blessings on you too.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Ha ha. I'm home, London, centrally Heated! I bet you're jealous, eh?

      Yes, no substitute for the land of spice; sea breezes and crystal clear waters.... still, the sun was out this morning, and I went outside and simply basked in it for about ten minutes.

      Pardon me for taking a few seconds longer here: The big countries, even if cold, do have their uses. I have a dynamic nature, so I have learnt to appreciate the cold. Once more, a great Hub, Ruby. Hugs and stay warm.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wonderful poem. Believe it or not it makes me miss winter. We have had record breaking heat out here in the coastal desert.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DDE. I'm always happy to see you. Thank you so much.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. Yes, I could use some spring weather. I keep telling myself, it's Feb. March is coming! Thanks for the beautiful comment..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello manatita. I don't know where you are now, but I hope you're in the Caribbean Islands where it's warm? I'm so glad you liked this piece. Thank you so much...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. I am sooo ready for spring to arrive. At least, when I was writing this, I felt the beauty of spring. I'm happy you liked the video. I love Charlie Pride! Thank you so much....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Faith. It snowed all day yesterday. When I looked at my barren tree in my back yard I remembered how beautiful it would be in the spring. Just a wishful write. I am so tired of the snow and the windy cold. Thank you for spending time on my page.

      God bless you too.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A lovely poem and each line has its unique thought.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a beautiful poem contrasted against a bleak picture.....I don't know about you, but I could stand a little touch of spring right now. :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello m Abdullah. Your comment warms my soul. You are so very generous with your feelings. I hope you were inspired to write poetry which you do so well. Thank you much.

      Peace

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Feels like a slow, appreciative and sublime look at nature ..of the wonder of the Absoloute ...His Creation ...sweet; charming ...the video has a similar feel ..kiss an angel good morning ...

      What a lovely Hub!

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a lovely poem of renewal and rebirth, as well as nature's beauty, Ruby. Very well done. Kiss an Angel Good Morning is the icing on the cake. I always loved that song.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Ah, Ruby, this is so beautifully written of how the rebirth of life springs from the barren winter. That in and of itself always brings hope that life is meant to go on, as it does!

      God bless you

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      muhammad abdullah javed 

      2 years ago

      Ruby this poetry is a masterpiece with regard to the values of life. I'm inspired. It speaks of the impeccable values like Steadfastness, Hope, Courage, A Never Say Die Spirit, Empathy, Trust in God, Mercy, Compassion, Help, Vision .... and what not, wish I had some more lines to read and get motivated. Thank you so much. Take care.

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