Weeping Willow Tree Sonnet

Updated on May 11, 2020
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Phyllis loves to write poetry. Most of her poetry is of a spiritual or inspirational nature. She finds it can reach out to help others.

Weeping Willow Tree

Weeping Willow by Claude Monet, 1918 - 1919
Weeping Willow by Claude Monet, 1918 - 1919 | Source

Inspiration

Inspiration for Weeping Willow Sonnet comes from my love for the
graceful willow tree and the impressionism paintings of Claude Monet.
This sonnet is written in the Occitan format, with the rhyme scheme of
abab abab cdcdcd.

Weeping Willow Tree Sonnet

Weeping willow tree, so graceful is she,
with delicate tendrils to gently sway
at the will of playful Zephyr's soft breeze,
a vision of quiet calm to the day.

So sensitive to moods is willow tree,
she flows with the ebb and tides far away
where the past still flows upon Luna's sea,
with eternal memory, the tides play.

Willow, you stand so tall, reach for the sky,
for you have high aspirations within,
you watch the birds as they leave you to fly
and wish you could go with them to begin
a journey of wonder, beyond, so high,
yet your spirit soars, so Willow don't cry.

Weeping Willow Tree

Another version of the Weeping Willow Tree by Claude Monet, 1918 - 1919.
Another version of the Weeping Willow Tree by Claude Monet, 1918 - 1919. | Source

Feminine Spiritual Nature

The willow tree has a feminine spiritual nature. It is attuned to the ebb and flow of the lunar tides. In mythology and literature, the willow is symbolic of the moon, water, grief, healing, and everlasting life. As a feminine spirit, the willow tree is associated with emotions, sensitivity, and intuition.

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    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      7 weeks ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Sankhajit Bhattacharjee. Thank you for the kind words, I appreciate it. Sonnets are my favorite form of poetry. Thanks again.

    • Sankhajit Bhattacharjee profile image

      Sankhajit Bhattacharjee 

      7 weeks ago from MILWAUKEE

      wonderful heart touching sonnet...

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      7 weeks ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Peggy. Thank you so much. I also love to see a weeping willow next to water. It makes for a very peaceful setting.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for your beautiful sonnet. I have always loved the look of a weeping willow tree next to water. For some reason, that combination has such a pretty appearance.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      3 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thank you, Laurie.

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      Laurie S Novak 

      4 months ago from Michigan

      Enjoy your poetry! Thanks for sharing.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Devika. It is nice to hear from you. Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate it and am so glad you love it.

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      Devika Primic 

      4 months ago

      Interesting and I loved it! I learned of someone different and you shared in a beautiful theme . A sonnet that is unique

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Sankhajit, and thank you very much.

    • Sankhajit Bhattacharjee profile image

      Sankhajit Bhattacharjee 

      4 months ago from MILWAUKEE

      willow tree is a powerful expression

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      Ann Carr 

      4 months ago from SW England

      Yes I do, Phyllis. I love all his paintings and those of other Impressionists too.

      Ann

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Ruby Jean and thank you so much. Thanks for sharing your childhood memories with the willow tree - how sweet that is.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I love this, and I love the Weeping Willow Tree. More than once I've carved my name in the side of my childhood willow tree, changing it often when my puppy love changed.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Marie. Yes, the willow tree does offer a serene place to relax and find peaceful solitude. Thank you for the lovely comment.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Bill. It is so nice to hear from you. I am so glad you enjoyed the sonnet. Willow trees seem to have a bond with humans and I love them, too.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Lorna. Thank you for the lovely comment. Monet was a fantastic artist. It is nice to know you and so many others are also fans. Thanks again for your kind words.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Ann. It is great to hear from you. Yes, willows are graceful and I love them. Monet painted the willow trees as a tribute to the fallen soldiers of France. I bet you love the lily pond paintings. They are so lovely and serene. Thanks again, Ann.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Rinita and thank you very much for the glowing comment. I love to write sonnets - they are difficult, but a real challenge.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi John. Thank you for the kind comment and the spelling error notice (I corrected it). Glad you enjoyed the sonnet.

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      Marie Flint 

      4 months ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      I too love willow trees. They are the perfect place to throw a thick blanket and pillow with a book and maybe a magazine or two and just dream away the hours while looking up to the sky through all those svelte leaves. Just maybe there will be a gentle breeze to help the leaves dance a little. It's the perfect summertime getaway.

      Good job!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My favorite tree, dating back to when I was a kid and we had one in our front yard. Loved your words about them. Wonderful!

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      4 months ago

      Such a beautiful sonnet and I am also a fan of this artist whose paintings are so remarkable and realistic. Your poem has a wonderful depth of feeling about this lovely creation of nature.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 months ago from SW England

      Absolutely beautiful, Phyllis!

      I have a row of willow trees (though not weeping) right next to my house and they are certainly in harmony with the west winds we have here - they have a suppleness that makes them bow and sway in a graceful way and I love them. Somerset is the county of willows - used to produce osiers to make willow baskets, coffins(!) and cricket bats.

      Love this poetry and the illustrations are wonderful - I'm a great fan of Monet too.

      Ann

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      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Your sonnet has an ethereal and classic feel to it. The personification is refreshing. Beautiful work on one of the hardest forms of poetry.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a delightful well-written sonnet, Phyllis. Nice painting by Monet too. (You may just want to correct the spelling of "Claude" under the second version of the painting.)

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thank you so much, Will, for that very sweet comment that just lifted my spirit. I so appreciate you.

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      WillStarr 

      4 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Well, that is just beautiful! I think you and the willow have a kinship.

      Poetry is your forte, Phyllis.

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