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Willow Tree

Shannon is a passionate individual whose feelings and thoughts tend spill onto the pages, often in the form of poetry and sometimes essays.

willow-tree

Willow Tree

Stand tall, my friend

You are like a willow that bends

Though your branches may shake

When the storm winds blow

And you may feel the earth beneath you quake

Stand strong as you continue to grow

Even a crooked willow will thrive

How could it not when it knows only how to survive

It can never be mistaken for weak

Because even when it weeps it reveals

A beauty that is majestic and unique

There is little else that appeals

Quite like the shelter from a wise willow

Quietly sharing beneath its branches all that it knows

A life well-lived with strength and dignity

All because it chose to stand tall and blossom

The love exuded lives on infinitely

And that, my friend, is nothing short of awesome

© 2019 Shannon Henry

Comments

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on June 11, 2020:

Thank you, Brenda! How nice of you. I appreciate that.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on June 11, 2020:

Hi Ruby! Good to see you. Willows were a favorite tree of my grandma's too. I think they're beautiful.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 11, 2020:

How did I miss this one? It is beautiful and the Willow tree is my favorite. I don't have one, but I wish I did. Loved it!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 11, 2020:

Shannon,

I hope you do not mind. .I usually ask first, but I am behind schedule.

I shared a few pieces of your work to a page called Poets with a Voice.

Here is the link.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=154842...

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on November 15, 2019:

Thanks, Alyssa! I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

Alyssa from Ohio on November 15, 2019:

What a beautiful poem and inspiring message! Well done!

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on November 14, 2019:

Talk about a nice thing to say, Michael. I just came from the reply you gave to a comment I left on your hub. And then you leave another nice comment here.

I don't recall exactly how long it took me to write this, but not long. It never takes me long to write a poem. Sometimes I don't finish one in one setting, but that is because an idea pops in my head and I have to write what I have in my mind right away or lose it. So I finish later and the total combined time is still not long. Sometimes it's a matter of minutes, usually not more than half hour.

This particular poem was inspired by something in particular, but seemed almost divinely inspired the way it just came to me rather out of the blue after praying. Like a message meant for someone, somewhere meant to read.

DREAM ON on November 14, 2019:

Now that's a poem and you know how to write so beautifully. I was wondering how long it took you to write this poem? My neighbor had a huge willow tree that I was amazed at how many branches it had and often wondered how big the roots had to be to support such a tree. You brought back a childhood memory and linked it to today. Having strength and endurance. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. Have a special and loving afternoon.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on November 06, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

I agree with you. They are beautiful and almost mystical. I hope the angels are watching over you as well!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 06, 2019:

Absolutely...yes, 'stand tall and blossom.' Anyone who has seen these almost mystical trees sees the beauty and strength they project. Beautifully stated. Angels nce again are headed to you ps

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 27, 2019:

Thanks, Brenda. So glad you find it to be inspiring. :)

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 27, 2019:

I love this piece of work.

A life well lived, standing strong and weathering any storms.

Great write and very inspiring.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 27, 2019:

Good for you, Eric. I hear you're facing some trials of your own. Be at peace with your willow. :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 27, 2019:

Thank you. I laid under one today.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 27, 2019:

Thanks, Dana. I appreciate that.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on August 27, 2019:

Awesome! Many trials will try to bend us or break us but we must stand tall in the midst of it all.

Beautifully expressed.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 27, 2019:

Hi, Lucy. I like your thought that simply being alive is strong and magical.

Lucy from Leeds, UK on August 27, 2019:

I love this. So true - to be alive is to be strong and magical.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 26, 2019:

Hi, Linda. I'm glad you like that line. So many times you see willows, especially the ones growing near water, growing at an angle or that otherwise have crooked branches.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 26, 2019:

You've written a lovely and inspirational poem about one of my favourite trees. I love the idea that "even a crooked willow will thrive".

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 26, 2019:

Majestic is a good word for it, Ruby. Thanks. It's good to see you here! It's been a while. I hope things are well with you.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 26, 2019:

Not rude at all, Eric. I don't mind more than one comment or even an entire conversation, as happens sometimes.

Unfortunately, you'll likely never find me in my "Sunday best" sitting under a willow - or any other tree, for that matter. It's an act of congress to get me to dress up that fancy! In fact, the dress I'm wearing in the current profile pic is a bridesmaid dress from a couple of years ago. That's probably the last time I was that fancy.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 26, 2019:

Hi, Nellieanna. How true it is that standing still can turn into going backward. I know that lesson a little too well. I am glad to know that this poem has the intended message of courage and strength when facing challenges.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 26, 2019:

This is beautiful. The willow tree is truly majestic. I also loved the video, perfect for this piece.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 26, 2019:

Shannon,

Let me be rude and leave another comment. Put this on your list. So you dress up in your Sunday finest. For me it is my fancy suit with tie. (heck my wife always looks her finest) My son without my tie. Now you do this on a rainy day. And you go lay against the trunk of the Willow. Oh baby that is the sweetest nectar you can have.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on August 26, 2019:

It's lovely, Shannon. Depicts courage, along with the challenges which need courage to go on. There are some things for which courage is the only reasonable forward step. And there are forward steps which are necessary or standing still soon becomes going backwards.

Infinitty is what it is.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 26, 2019:

It is a super serene picture, isn't it? Makes me want to be where the ducks are.....Kind of like the lagoon scene in "The Little Mermaid" where the animals all sing "Kiss the Girl". LOL

Eric, you often make me smile with your comments. I had in mind sadness and/or strife that everyone must face in life when I wrote that line.

They say the weeping willow gets its name from the way the rain drops look when they are collected on the leaves of a willow.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 26, 2019:

Sorry Shannon but I am just sitting here daydreaming of willows and that great picture of birds clearly just taken 2 miles from our home.

Yet I was immdiately inspired here;' Because even when it weeps it reveals A beauty that is majestic and unique'.

Well bring that on as my eyes are leaking.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 26, 2019:

Good to see you, John. I'm glad you like it. If we're talking about trees, I can't think of a better tree to symbolize things like strength, courage, AND beauty.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 26, 2019:

What a lovely subject for a poem Shannon, and you certainly did the willow tree proud. I always loved weeping willows and remember them hanging over a river where I lived as a child.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 26, 2019:

Thanks, Angie! What a nice thing to say. Guess it's a good thing our Paula keeps this problem-child in line. LOL...Hope you have a good week as well.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 26, 2019:

Aw. You're most welcome, Bill. My grandma planted one in her backyard because they were her favorite tree. There was also a creek near a park in her neighborhood that we used to walk to. The banks of the creek were lined with willows. We used to swing from their branches. I remember discovering that the leaves are not as strong as the branches as I slid down. Nearly fell face first into the creek. LOL

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 26, 2019:

We had a big one in the front yard of the house I grew up in...loved that tree. The willow is still my favorite tree because of those memories. Thanks for the lovely ride back in time.

A B Williams from Central Florida on August 26, 2019:

Yes Shannon, so beautiful, I’m glad that I chose to read this one last. It has made for a nice start to the day.

I hope that you have a great week.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 26, 2019:

Thank you, Lorna!

Lorna Lamon on August 26, 2019:

Beautiful poem timeless and elegantly written. Loved it.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 25, 2019:

Thanks, Pamela. I hope all is well with you. :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2019:

I enjoyed this poem about the willow standing tall. It was very enjoyable to read.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 25, 2019:

I don't particularly like to argue, but I can when I want to.

I don't know what you're talking about. I'm not a problem. I'm also not stubborn; I just know what I want. ....And even when I am stubborn, I can't help it. It just comes naturally. LOL

I'll tell you what's not my forte - catching the damn grammar mistakes and typos before the five-minute edit window is up here on HP!

Suzie from Carson City on August 25, 2019:

I like to ARGUE and I have to "stay after you!!" You can be a problem-child!

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on August 25, 2019:

LOL.....I only said that because you argued with me about it before.

Perhaps poems are my forte. It usually comes quickly and easier than writing stories or articles that I'm never quite satisfied with.

Thanks. Glad you liked it. Thought you might. For a while, you were after me to write something more uplifting. LOL

Suzie from Carson City on August 25, 2019:

OK...I won't tell you I follow you. I don't know all I follow or don't.

Great poetry, Shan Marie. Seems to be your forte. We should all be so talented.

Like this one. It's thought-provoking with sound wisdom.

Love the song too. Of course, Who doesn't like Paul?! Peace, Paula