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The Money Tree ~ a Poem

John is a Christian but feels that all religions have both positives and negatives. He prefers to live by his own code of ethics.

Inspiration for The Money Tree

The topic of this poem just kept popping into my head on and off for the last week. I tossed up between calling it 'The Money Tree' or 'The Dollar Tree', but it seems the latter is the name of a discount store chain in the USA or UK, so I chose the first as the title.

I don't know if it was my muse trying to encourage me, or if the prompting was coming from some "higher" source. But wherever the idea for this poem originated I love the message. I hope you do too.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

The Money Tree

One day my daddy said to me,

“I wish I had a money tree!”

So, I thought on it a little while

Then went to my room with a smile.


I gave my piggy bank a shake.

I wondered how much it would take

To plant and grow a money tree.

I had some dollars - one, two, three.


I took the coins out to the yard,

Planting them was not so hard.

When they were tucked into the ground

I went inside without a sound.


My dad looked a bit depressed,

Mom said, “He is financially stressed!”

What that meant I didn’t know,

Or how long a money tree takes to grow.


I watered those coins every day.

“Please God, let them grow,” I’d pray.

Two-three-four weeks hurried by.

“Still no shoots!” I began to cry.


Image by eko pramono from Pixabay

Image by eko pramono from Pixabay

Then, when I’d almost given up,

I was playing outside with my pup.

When I saw a small green sprout,

“It’s growing!” I cried with a shout.


I tended that shoot with great care,

But no one else knew it was there.

The plant grew bigger week by week,

When would it bear the fruit I seek?


Dad said his work did not pay.

He looked for new jobs every day.

Soon the plant was lush and green,

The fruit were coins, and bills were the leaves.


As time went by the tree grew more,

Much faster than it had before.

So much money made the tree look sad.

It now was time to tell my dad.


I urged, “Dad, come and see my tree.”

But he just sat and looked at me.

“I have important things that must be done,

Why don’t you go and show your mom?”


My mom agreed to come outside.

When she saw the tree she almost cried.

She said, “I’ll go and get your dad.

He’s just been moping and quite sad.”


a money tree

a money tree

Dad just stared, he had trouble speaking.

All he said was, “I must be dreaming.”

“I prayed this money tree would grow.

God answers prayers, as this must show.”


We picked off all the coins and bills

Until all of our sacks were filled.

The tree was soon so bare of leaves,

It made me feel like we were thieves.


Dad caught up everything we owed,

Paid off the house. His face just glowed.

Mom said happily, “We’ve been blessed.

We have all we need, and no more stress.”


Though I still watered the tree each day

It would not respond in any way.

The leaves and fruit did not grow back,

The trunk and branches soon turned black.


The tree soon withered up and died.

My mom and dad, and I all cried.

But our problems had been relieved,

We really had no cause to grieve.


There was a message to be learned

From the money tree for which we’d yearned.

God only give us what we need,

For having too much nurtures greed.

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© 2021 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Hi Alyssa. Yes, me too, unfortunately never found one. Thank you for reading this poem.

Alyssa from Ohio on March 04, 2021:

There have been many times in my life where I wish I had a money tree. Excellent poem and message!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Hi Brenda, I am glad this poem managed to hold your attention until the end, and that you felt the message appropriate. Blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Ruby, I just had this thought niggling me for days..”write about a money tree.” I never even planned it or knew how it would end..I just started writing it and was pleased that an important message and ending developed. I am happy you enjoyed it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 04, 2021:

John,

This poem is great.

It kept my attention the whole way through.

Imagine such a plant...a dream come true.

Your lesson is so true...God gives us what we need.

It's when we get greedy that causes the problems.

I love how you wrote this lesson into a cute little story in this poem.

Great work!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 04, 2021:

This is so clever and spot-on. The message is one of love from a child who was so innocent, yet had faith enough that he believed the tree would grow money to help relieve his father's stress. How wonderful to have that much faith. Beautiful Jodah !

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Hello Harriet. Thank you so much for reading and for your nice comment. Much appreciated.

Harriet Dionela from Taguig City, Philippines on March 04, 2021:

A great read indeed!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Hey Charlie, yes my kids thought the same. The money ran out pretty quickly though with four of them.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Hello Fran, thank you so much for reading and appreciating this poem and its message. Avoiding greed is sometimes easier said then done but we really need to try.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

What a great comment, Shauna. I like some of those terms you used..”wow” and “powerful.” Thanks you for your encouragement as always.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Thank you manatita. Yes, I need to go through and tidy those lines up (or try to). I realised the beat wasn’t perfect but felt the message more important. When I get time I will work on that, I always appreciate your advice however. Yes, it is very much a metaphor for love.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Thank you Mary. No, that greed isn’t wanted at all.

Charlie Halliday from Scotland on March 04, 2021:

give me a smile this one John. My kids used to think I had a money tree.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on March 04, 2021:

What an inspiring poem. I agree that He only gives us what we need. It is easy to get caught up in greed and we need to avoid it. Thank you for your article.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 04, 2021:

This is awesome, John. I love the message and the conversational tone of the poem. When I read the final line, I said "wow" out loud.

Very powerful my friend.

manatita44 from london on March 04, 2021:

A fabulous and most wonderful tale. Read like a beauty for children ... adults too. I kept thinking of this as a metaphor for Love. We have to nurture and let it grow in a similar way. Ha-ha.

A couple of lines were not on beat, only that the poem was so good, that they stood out. Brilliant just the same.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 04, 2021:

What an enjoyable read and the message hit hard. We don't want that greed.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Thank you Peg. I think you are right.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 04, 2021:

This tale is a cute one with an important message. I think many of us grew up with that saying that money does not grow on trees.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Thank you, Misbah. Yes, my father used to say the same. The people in this poem were fortunate to have a money tree, however. Even though it only produced once.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 04, 2021:

A fun way to deliver a beautiful message Jodah

I enjoyed reading it

My father usually says “ Money doesn't grow on the trees”

Blessings

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Thank you for reading and supporting the message, Rosina. yes, they got just what they needed to help them get back on track.

Rosina S Khan on March 04, 2021:

A nice poem with a valuable message. I am glad money finally grew on the tree for the family. Thanks for sharing, John.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Well, in this case, it obviously did, Flourish. Oh yes, I think they may have invested a little. Thanks.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Thank you for your kind words, Devika. Much appreciated.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 04, 2021:

And they say money doesn't grow on trees. What a cute poem! I hope that family invested a few of the coins.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 04, 2021:

Poems with a lesson learned and I

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 04, 2021:

Hi Joday a great message here. Poems with a lessonleraned and i enjoy reading your poems. You have chosen the right path to writing poetry.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Glad you enjoyed reading this Pamela. Yes, they got what they needed but learned the lesson not to expect more than that.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 04, 2021:

This is a poem that is fun to read, John. I love the topic. It is also nice that it met their needs, but it only bloomed once.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Hi Tanmoy, your analysis is quite astute. I do believe the universe does have a moral code and if something goes outside of that it instigates ways to deal with it.

Hegel from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on March 04, 2021:

An enjoyable poem. In my opinion, it reminds us to work creatively: because we get only as much (labor/work) we give. I think the poem also reminds us that the universe has a moral system built into it. This system does not support inorganic (i.e., abnormal) growth, but it supports organic growth.

Enjoyable and interesting poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Hello Nan, thank you so much for reading. I am glad you enjoyed this poem.

Nan Hewitt from Albany, Western Australia on March 04, 2021:

A fun poem, with a good message. I enjoyed it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada, thanks for reading. Yes, we were always told as children "Money doesn't grow on trees" too. I am glad you enjoyed the poem and message.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 04, 2021:

Excellent and thoughtful poem, with a wonderful message.

Reminds me of the proverb, 'Money doesn't grow on the trees.'

Great idea, well expressed. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 04, 2021:

Thank you, Ann, glad you loved the message. Bringing a smile is a bonus.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 04, 2021:

Great poem! Great message! It brings a smile but is also serious. Brilliant!

Ann

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