More to a Tree: a Poem about the Coming Winter - LetterPile - Writing and Literature
Updated date:

More to a Tree: a Poem about the Coming Winter

Sometimes poetry is able to capture our sentiments better than long explanations. I hope this poem reaches you in this way.

more-to-a-tree-a-poem-about-the-coming-winter

The leaves have fallen,

the tree is bare.

It's not much to look at now,

and snow is everywhere.

The air is cold

the sky is gray,

not a living thing around.

Leaves that gave the tree

all it's beauty

are lying on the ground.

But there is more to a tree than meets the eye.

The roots run as deep as the branches are high,

and when it looks bad we don't have to fear,

it will be better

and stronger next year.

Now take a good look at yourself.

You finally have the time.

You are safe and warm

from the winter storm

that rages on outside.

What you see out there

is what you see in you.

It is cold and dead,

and the things you dread

look like they're coming true.

Oh, but there is more to you than meets the eye,

and God's love runs as deep as your troubles are high.

So when things look bad you don't have to fear,

hang on,

you will be better and stronger next year.

This is a message of hope for you,

that you should become like a tree,

planted beside

the river of life,

growing in all you have seen.

Yes, there is more to a tree than meets the eye.

The roots run as deep as the branches are high,

and when it looks bad we don't have to fear...

it will be better- just like you.

It will be stronger- just like me...

next year.


L J


The Tree Next Year...

more-to-a-tree-a-poem-about-the-coming-winter

More to a Tree, More to Us

Everyone knows someone who has taken their own life. I have a friend who once told me "suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem."

If we looked at the troubled times in our lives as seasons, seasons that God would help us through, maybe life would retain its sanctity more than it does. Did you know that since the War on Terror began more American soldiers have died by their own hand than have died in combat? This isn't the place to get into all the issues that surround such tragedy, but I will say this: For me the answers are always, always with God. We have no trouble that His love does not go deeper still, no confusion that His wisdom cannot conquer, no pain that He cannot heal.

I wish you peace and success as you navigate all the seasons of your life, believing that when you make it through, you will be better and stronger for it.

© 2018 Leland Johnson

Comments

Leland Johnson (author) from Midland MI on September 30, 2018:

Flourish- I had forgotten that was this month, but how timely. Thanks for the reminder and for reading.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 30, 2018:

Thank you for your message of hope during September, the month of Suicide Prevention Awareness.

Leland Johnson (author) from Midland MI on September 29, 2018:

Thank you, Mary. We have to move toward the light don't we. God bless and thank you for reading!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 29, 2018:

I totally support your understanding of the seasons in our lives that they make us stronger. Sometimes, when we are in the midst of it, we only see darkness and it is hard to trust that we get out of it stronger.

Leland Johnson (author) from Midland MI on September 29, 2018:

Gypsy- yes indeed, great lessons from the roots especially I think :0)

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 29, 2018:

Lovely poetry. Trees give so much energy and withstand so much.