THE TREE - POEM

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I wrote a song
about a tree
which was so old
majestically

 

He stood above
a mighty tower
endured time
thousands of hours

 

remembered times
and happenings
of things long gone
forgotten kings

 

and countless battles
around his trunk
soldiers came by
sat down got drunk

 

He gave us shadow
and countless birds
his size amazing
we had no words

 

Then came the day
no-one would think
ever this giant
might start to shrink

 

And in all silence

starting to die
I stood before him
wanted to cry

 

But this is nature
what comes must go
my time as well
and so I know

 

We're not immortal
my friend the tree

what happened to you

will come to me.

 

Thanks to TBH who inspired me to that.

Comments

john guzlowski Added Aug 4, 2017 - 9:24am
Trees are never simply trees
they are ghosts, geese, and children
whispering between the epistle
and the Gloria in excelsis Deo
between the easy steps of the priest's
dance and the harder steps of his virtue
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 9:34am
Thanks John !
Leroy Added Aug 4, 2017 - 9:36am
Best one yet!
john guzlowski Added Aug 4, 2017 - 9:38am
Stone-Eater, you're welcome.  My favorite poem when I was a kid was Joyce Kilmer's Trees.  My poem was a tribute to his poem--and to trees in general!
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 4, 2017 - 9:45am
Ausgezeichnet!
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 9:50am
Leroy
 
Hey, thanks ! You could be right :-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 9:51am
TBH
 
Danke für die Blumen :-) Manchmal gehts schnell in 10 Minuten, und manchmal brauchts länger. Aber ich kanns unterdessen besser auf Englisch als auf Deutsch LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 9:52am
John
 
I'll check that out !
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 4, 2017 - 10:10am
Ein schoner Talent. Wie Joseph Conrad: hervorragend in zwei Sprachen gelehrt.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 10:24am
TBH
 
I didn't learn English in school. I just picked it up bit by bit by working and traveling in anglophone countries. But 2 years of constantly being forced to speak English is sufficient for anybody. Funny I didn't forget much until now.
 
Otherwise: I had French in school and it took me 10 years to learn it halfway. I do speak "African French" fluently, but following a French movie is still a problem whereas US and UK originals are mostly no problem.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 10:27am
BTW: German and English are somewhat related, whereas French is a Latin language. When you understand French, you can easily learn Italian. And when you're of German speaking descent, English is not really a problem.
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 4, 2017 - 10:46am
Correct. It is surprising the number of people who dont know this. German is the parent language of the family; English is a mongrel.
 
It has always been quite interesting to me how the mechanics of a language influences the manner of thinking and speech structures of their native speakers. Much of German literature is awkward in its translation to English. German adheres to its mechanics and thus the expression of ideas flows quite naturally with the use of multiple phrases or clauses within one sentence. If you are thinking it in German it makes perfect sense. It all fits together beautifully in an almost mathematic purity. But these ideas can not be translated in an absolute literal fashion to express the same idea or set of ideas in English. Because of our respective languages we do in fact think differently
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 10:49am
Exactly !!
 
People keep telling me that even my mimics and gestures become different depending on what language I speak. I notice that the most gestures I use are when I speak French....and obviously that influences the thinking as well.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 10:56am
BTW: English has a lot of French words integrated, more than people know. Coming from the Normans which conquered the UK in 1066 at the battle of Hastings. And then you got influence from the former Viking rulers of Scandinavia.
 
But even German in its actual form doesn't exist more than about 200 years. They created it so the North would understand the South, and we Swiss adopted the written German, but not the spoken one.
 
For example: 
 
Are you completely going nuts now ?
 
German:
 
"Bist du jetzt verrückt geworden ?"
 
Swiss German:
 
"Bisch völlig dure bi rot jetz, oder ?"
Minister Peaceful Poet Added Aug 4, 2017 - 11:08am
Beautiful poem SEF - Trees are very special and some of them have been around for 100s of years, they've seen a lot.  It has recently been discovered that trees communicate with each other through a system of roots that connect each other underground.  Trees sustain life on planet earth.  If we cut them all down we may not live. Trees support life by bringing up water from underground and making leaves that are both food and fertilizer and some have nuts and fruit.  Trees create shade from the heat and in the branches and trunk homes are made for many animals.  There is a group of natives who worship trees who believe represents the spirit.  You have the tree of life and the tree of knowledge, and branches represent growth.  I always wanted to be buried underneath a tree when I die so that my body could become apart of it.  Great poem.  
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 4, 2017 - 11:11am
And trees are a renewable resource. We must practice a policy of conservation, not preservation
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 12:27pm
Shep
 
You know I agree :-) We have lost our senses of what is really important and what isn't. A dumbphone and a car can never match a tree...
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 12:29pm
TBH
 
In Senegal and other countries of the Sahel they've understood that and are heavily reforesting the area. Humans need to have the blade on the throat to be able to understand and use their brains.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 12:30pm
Am I sounding like an old Hippie ? Maybe I am sort of LOL
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 4, 2017 - 4:28pm
Was gibts dieser Abend in der Schweiz?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 4:46pm
WB, ein Krimi und ein Bier. Nicht viel mehr LOL
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 4, 2017 - 5:20pm
LOL... Schon. Ist genug!
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 5:34pm
Für mich auch :-) Have a nice weekend !
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 4, 2017 - 5:47pm
To your earlier.... Yes, much French influence. A good example in military rank. In the golden years of the Royal Army Corp a junior officer was a Subaltern.
 
Sub = substitute
Altern = an atendan
 
french - lieu ( in lieu of, or substitute and tenant, an attendant
 
Subaltern = Lieutenant
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 5:48pm
Un attendant :-) Voilà LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 5:49pm
Substitution in French is - substitution :-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 5:52pm
Just like:
 
toilet = toilette in French
 
or
 
thing = Ding in German.
Bill H. Added Aug 4, 2017 - 6:05pm
Good one SEF!
My grandfather planted an avacado tree in our yard on the day I was born. As I grew up, I climbed in it, enjoyed it's fruit, built a tree house in it, watched baby birds being born and fledged from nests that were built in it, hung a rope swing from one of it's branches, and finally one day watched it get cut down by a developer that bought the house and built an apartment building on the property.
It was like loosing a family member and was one of the saddest days of my life.
I now have my own avocado tree that was grown from a seed of that old tree, so it lives on.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 4, 2017 - 6:08pm
Bill
 
I can imagine that. But losing one thing can be gaining another, and you did it perfectly. Life is coming and going. But for us it's even harder because we're aware of it and don't know anything else than being alive....
Bill H. Added Aug 4, 2017 - 11:43pm
I have a belief that we are all part of a finite amount of organic matter on Earth that just keeps coming and going in different forms thru the ages.
I could have been a salamander or a dandelion in my last life.
Whatever I come back as, it is part of the natural cycle.
opher goodwin Added Aug 5, 2017 - 4:24am
SEF - Trees are special. They have an aura. Nice poem.
opher goodwin Added Aug 5, 2017 - 4:49am
SEF/BGH - I sadly had to have my old cherry tree chopped down. I burnt it in my wood burner and rejoiced at the warmth and light it had stored over its many decades.
https://opherworld.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/poetry-light-and-warmth-from-many-summers-given-and-gone-ode-to-a-cherry-fire/
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 5, 2017 - 5:20am
Opher
 
Too bad :(
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 5, 2017 - 5:23am
BTW: Please use hyperlinks for external URLs. On the phone I can't easily activate them :)
opher goodwin Added Aug 5, 2017 - 6:14am
Not sure how to do that SEF.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 5, 2017 - 7:01am
Just click on the chain symbol for link paste the url twice in both fields.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 5, 2017 - 7:02am
Bill
 
Nice thoughts :)
 
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 5, 2017 - 7:53am
Stone - very much agreed
 
Bill - those are exactly my thoughts on life/death. Death of the physical body is not an end. It is the reset button. Recycling is good, right? :)  Maybe it is just wishful thinking on our part, but somehow it seems to make sense. I believe our consciousness, though subjective and personal to us in the way our brain translates it, is just a form of energy. If energy is not destroyed but merely takes another form? Well.... We'll all find out one day, won't we?
opher goodwin Added Aug 5, 2017 - 8:14am
SEF - I'll try.
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 5, 2017 - 3:57pm
Stone -
 
Ich mochte noch ein Music you never heard schreiben. Darf ich diesen Titel ausliehen?
 
Nicht verwandt....Wie bekommst du die Umlaute auf deiner Tastatur?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 5, 2017 - 4:32pm
TBH
 
Ich habe eine Swiss German - Tastatur definiert, also die Tastatur, die ich auch benutze, das System selber ist englisch.
 
Kann man in den USA kaum kaufen, denke ich.
 
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 5, 2017 - 4:33pm
PS: Natürlich kannst du den Titel ausleihen !
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 5, 2017 - 4:53pm
Danke! Es kommt bald.
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 5, 2017 - 5:42pm
Posted!
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 6, 2017 - 7:18am
Seen :)
Dave Volek Added Aug 8, 2017 - 4:31pm
That was a good poem, even for someone who has English as a first language.
 
wsucram15 Added Aug 9, 2017 - 10:39pm
BilH- Thats a cool story.  I really like that.
SEF..as always..perfect. You are just too much sometimes.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 10, 2017 - 9:37am
Dave
 
Thanks !
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 10, 2017 - 9:39am
Jeanne
 
I just try my best. You see I don't have many talents apart from languages and music LOL
 

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