ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Books, Literature, and Writing

poem: oak tree

Updated on March 29, 2012

White Oak Tree

In my back yard there is a white oak tree

With a straight trunk perhaps twenty inches

In diameter and twenty feet tall before

Its branches multiply to the sky.

We talk many a summer afternoon.

We are perhaps about the same age,

Sixty going on seventy.

There is little doubt He

Will outlive me and enjoy

Many more seasons and summer afternoons.

No one who will own this land

Will be fool enough

To cut you down.

I can see your beautiful lumber

And the hundred and fifty clear board feet,

But I would sooner cut my throat

As cut you down.

And I know about cutting trees

Having earned my livelihood

As a cabinetmaker.

We talk of sun, leaves and stretching

To the sun and sky.

Life is good when given half a chance.

I think of starvation, disease, famine and death,

And thank God that I have the chance to watch

The tall, straight oak perhaps grow another

Twenty or so years.

I am happy to think You

Might live a couple of hundred more years,

At least that is my sincere wish.

Remember me when I have become soil

Beneath your roots and You

Have tripled in girth as You reach to the sky.



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      shradhdha 4 years ago

      veru nice poems..i like it..!!

    • barranca profile image

      barranca 6 years ago

      Thanks, Audrey. I feel more and more tree-like these days.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Lovely piece! I enjoyed your relationship with the tree

    • barranca profile image

      barranca 6 years ago

      Gracias Hermano.

    • Ralph Deeds profile image

      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      We have a slightly smaller oak in our back yard that has grown from an acorn planted by our children perhaps 30 years ago. Beautiful poem.

    • barranca profile image

      barranca 6 years ago

      Every year I am more in love with trees. Thanks for your appreciative comment.

    • profile image

      Multiman 6 years ago

      Great meditative poem about trees and our own lives and worth. Enjoyed it and voting it up.

    • barranca profile image

      barranca 6 years ago

      Hi Hello, Thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem.

    • barranca profile image

      barranca 6 years ago

      Hi GNelson, Sometimes I think they do but we just don't listen? Thanks for reading.

    • GNelson profile image

      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      Good poem! You have the right attitude. If trees could talk what tales they would tell.

    • barranca profile image

      barranca 6 years ago

      Hi Robie, Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for being the first to say so!

    • robie2 profile image

      Roberta Kyle 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      lovely poem and a very nice tree too-- thanks Barranca


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)