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The Stone Tree

Updated on August 26, 2017

Years ago,

I came across a tree,

at its peak stature and resplendency.

Grandfatherly wrinkles in its wooded cheeks,

and endless resistance to wood-pecking beaks,

Sturdy and solid, there was no storm around,

That could uproot that tree and not bring with it ground.

So you can imagine that with all my respect,

the death of the tree was quite hard to accept.

It’s disconcerting to me,

when I see it lacking it’s verve

To bury this tree,

when it’s joy was to serve.

The body is a glove

For the hand to fill

And without the tree’s spirit

it’s eerily still.

I ache for all your beauty,

and the plumerias in my hair,

They were always your very favorite and

you laughed when boys would stare.

I’m sorry you're no longer here,

and that you did not get a say,

But most of all I’m sorry

That I buried you today.


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      Tamara Moore 2 months ago

      This is truly a stunning poem! Exquisite, indeed :-)



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      Isabella Allred 2 months ago from Texas

      Thanks so much Lori! I've read a bit of your work and that means a lot to me coming from you :)

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      Lori Colbo 2 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      You are an exceptional poet. This was beautiful and sad. Your emotions come out so well.

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      Isabella Allred 2 months ago from Texas

      Thank you both, haha and you are right Shannon it is not an actual tree. Just an old friend who passed away suddenly. He truly seemed immortal to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and give your feedback.

      -much love,


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      Threekeys 2 months ago from Australia

      So sorry for your loss. Beautiful imagery.

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      shanmarie 2 months ago

      Oh, this is sad but also sweet and full of good memories. Sorry for your lost, which I assume is not an actual tree.