Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Big Beautiful Tree


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The Oak Tree

by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr

A mighty wind blew night and day
It stole the oak tree's leaves away
Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark

But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees fell all around
The weary wind gave up and spoke.
How can you still be standing Oak?

The oak tree said, I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two
Carry every leaf away
Shake my limbs, and make me sway

But I have roots stretched in the earth
Growing stronger since my birth
You'll never touch them, for you see
They are the deepest part of me

Until today, I wasn't sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I've found, with thanks to you
I'm stronger than I ever knew



17 comments:

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a beautiful tree!

Sandra said...

beautiful poem, wonderful and magnificent tree. i love spreading oaks and all trees.

TexWisGirl said...

love that tree (and the hay bale and fence).

That corgi :) said...

Enjoyed both the poem and the picture of that magnificient tree!

betty

Eva Ason said...

Beautiful tree :)

Ginny said...

I'm in love with your tree and poem! Is this tree on your property? I am printing the poem to say on our church prayer line.

Ginny said...

Love your Mallard shots and the sweet nest of eggs! Can't wait till you see the babies, maybe pictures!

Ann said...

what a wonderful poem. Fabulous tree too.

Deb Crecelius said...

Wonderful tree and photo!
Perfect poem to match...

Catherine said...

That looks like a perfect tree to have a picnic under!

I look very forward to seeing those sweet little ducks hatching. Very fun!

xo Catherine

mare ball said...

Is this your tree? It's fantastic. Just checking in as I reflect back on new blogs I'm following. How are you, fellow Floridian? :-)

SquirrelQueen said...

What a beautiful tree, I love the flowing shape. That is a great poem filled with a lot of wisdom. Thanks for sharing Marie.

Annmarie Pipa said...

and just think how little the seed that starts it...

troutbirder said...

Perfectly shaped big ole oak tree. And we live on Oak Hill Drive under the spreading shelter of sever giants.... :)

Chatty Crone said...

That is a gorgeous tree!
Happy Mother's Day! sandie

Amanda said...

I LOVE tree photos!! This one is beautiful!!

Rhonda said...

Stopping in to wish you a very Happy Mother's Day tomorrow...May all your heart's desire be complete and runneth over