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Why The Willows Weep

Updated on January 11, 2016
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The Weeping Willow's Silence

Still or swaying,

it speaks in silence.

Can it know

what I know of this world?

Paintings create feelings, too.

A living thing like me,

the weeping willow weeps

in its own way.

Am I beyond weeping?

I find the willows in my life evoke a sadness.

Why that is so I really don't know.

It must bring out something that is in me.

The willow itself evolved, if that is the right word.

It masterfully shepherds the rain to its roots.

It dances in the winds to scatter its seeds further;

not like the maple with its helicopter swirls,

but more like lacrosse balls using whiplash physics.

There is majesty too in its mature swayings.

Gentle breezes are caught and snared like tangled fishing lines.

No, there is something else that labels them weeping willows.

Is it those raindrops shed down its branches like tears down a cheek?

Or, more likely, is it my pensive moods its examination elicits?

Surely there is enough in my human world to elicit sadness and tears.

Am I beyond weeping?

Am I beyond weeping for starving children, or ignored elders who cannot feed themselves?

Am I beyond weeping to see great nations given over to gangs and senseless killings?

Am I beyond weeping for nature's bounty torched for a few harvests of corn?

Am I beyond weeping over the greedy rich harvesting what they cannot store?

I weep for me and others like me, thankful for your reminders.

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© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

A calm summer evening.

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Lambservant - Be careful though. If you plant them, they aggressively search out water, even water that is inside water pipes! Even beauty must have its assigned place.

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      Lambervant 18 months ago

      Very very beautiful Weeping Willows are my favorite trees and I feel peace and joy when I see them.

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      cat on a soapbox - Reading through another's Hub on weeping willows, I noted that I had not thanked you for your pleasing comment of 7 months ago. Thanks for your time and comment.

      I guess that, if we want our Hubs to be resurrected when someone else writes on the same topic, our titles (such as this one) have to have the two words weeping willow therein, rather than just weep or willow. Word to the wise Hubber, I guess?

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - I think you would agree that what our world needs is more tenderness and less emotion.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Filled with the emotion and tenderness of one who knows that our earth suffers. Well done!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks, Blossom. I have always liked your pen name, too.

      What would we ever do without outlets for self-expression? My fourth book will be published next month. I will let you know when it is an ebook. ;-D

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      They always look so graceful, especially in a gentle breeze, and I love your poem.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      CrisSp - "touchingly beautiful" is high praise coming from a fine writer. Thanks.

      MizBejabbers - It seems I have touched on some beautiful imagery you had stored away. Thanks for that description of it.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      CrisSp - "touchingly beautiful" is high praise coming from a fine writer. Thanks.

      MizBejabbers - It seems I have touched on some beautiful imagery you had stored away. Thanks for that description of it.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Weeping willows are beautiful, and so is this poem. They always reminded me of a woman bending over weeping while her long hair flowed about her shoulders and down.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Willows are amongst my favourites and this hub is touchingly beautiful.

      As a tree hugger, I enjoyed this piece.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Shyron E Shenko - Great, but don't put the notch in the willow. ;-D

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Demas, you gave me a new perspective on the weeping willow. I love this poem and all the emotions that invokes. I love trees, but the willow is not a favorite, but your beautiful words brought it up a notch.

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Such a beautiful and moving poem, Demas- It really touched my heart!

      I agree that relating to the things in our natural world truly minimizes self-importance and serves to expand the view of the world and all of humanity. I will always be hopeful:)

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MsDora - I pray more and more of us can weep for others, and for fewer of us to need to weep for ourselves and our loved ones.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Now, we will think more deeply when we look at the weeping willow; we may also weep more freely because we are not beyond weeping. Well done!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Jodah - Thanks for the vote of confident appreciation. Perhaps it means I am getting better with age?

      For those who don't particularly like this Hub, don't rule out all my others.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Well done Demas, this is my favourite of all your hubs I have read so far. I love everything about the poem, and trees are among my favourite subjects too.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      pstraubie48 - A video I will attach soon will illustrate what you are describing and be wonderful for leading into meditation The willows do what you describe. It is the "weeping" part of the name that was my focus. Can the world get better? You bet it could, but it could even get worse....as hard as that is to believe. In fact, it almost happened on that high speed train headed to Paris.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      O I see the weeping willow in such a different light. Its flowing swooshing branches carry flowing leaves to and fro...calm and peaceful.

      I do however appreciate your expression of your thoughts. There is toil and trouble world wide, no doubt. But shining our lights of kindness and generosity can help turn this around a bit if we do so, one person at a time.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      whonuwho - It is indeed a wondering and troubled world we help inhabit. I am glad you found this one and took yur time to comment. Maybe we cn do our little part to help our world be somewhat better. Three cheers for the men on the high speed train. Lots of folks owe their remaining lifetimes to them!

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      The Willow is one of my favorites. Great poem with heartfelt empathy for a wandering world. Nice job my friend. whonu

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      It has a mystique to it, doesn't it? Are you on your book tour yet? Guess we will have to read the related Hub at the right, over there..

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is beautiful prose, and so meaningful. And the weeping willow has always been one of my very favorite trees!