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The Proud Tree (poem)

Updated on June 24, 2016

Once in a grassy glade stood tree so proud

The grass grew tall beside the mighty tree

With every passing breeze the grass there bowed

But tree stood tall and firm as it could be


One day the tree did ask it friend the grass

Why is it that you greet each breeze this way

You bow to every stranger that comes pass

But for its answer grass gave gentle sway


A wind a storm just happened on their field

The grass just bowed as it had times before

And as before the tree just couldn’t yield

So angered wind tossed tree upon the floor


And as the once proud tree now slowly died

It watched the grass there bowing by its side


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      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      What a wonderful allegory, M. The music sets the tone perfectly.

      Voted up.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Sad but wonderful poem.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I was sad to see the tree go but understood the message. We do have to bend somewhat to survive. Great poem.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Aww, sad when a tree falls. Loved your poem..

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Very awesome, and very philosophical. Sometimes we have to bend to the forces of nature to survive, but I ask you this. If all we do is bend does that mean we will never be as majestic or great as the tree? Will we spend our lives being tread upon, just like the grass? Is it better to meet your end sooner and reach greatness, or live a passive invisible life?

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      So unique, something to ponder upon! Beautifully written, and I believe there is a message there ....

      Voted up and beautiful!

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Oh goodness Mhatter99 - this is my absolute favorite. I love trees and think they have so much to teach us. Voted up, up, up and awesome. And will be sharing it too!

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      Wondering if there is something deeper in this poem, and the tree is metaphorical?...enjoyed it either way.voted up

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      What a wonderful poem if only the tree had learnt to be flexible it might still be standing. A lesson for us all I think.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      As man must compromise in life, the tree had to, also. Unable to only go so far, the tree found it's life over. How far can man bend before breaking is the question? Great job!

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      I love anything to do with mother nature, and this sad poem about the death of one of her creations was very endearing.


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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      "No trees were hurt during the writing of this poem." Hey Mhatt, love this but I feel really sad for the tree. How do you find these beautiful videos that are always so relevant to the poem? Just beautiful, voted up and awesome.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      The first part of this reminded me of that scripture where it talks about the whole earth rejoices in the Lord, the wind blowing through the trees is how the trees praise the Lord, and the mountains and so on. But then you had it to die, how sad. That is the cycle of life. Excellent poem. Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ah, the poor tree. Since it is so dry here, trees don't get to root deeply, and over they go.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      always sad to see a tree go down.