Willow Tree

Updated on August 25, 2019
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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

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

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    © 2019 Shannon Henry

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      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

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

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        3 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        I love this piece of work.

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

        Great write and very inspiring.

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

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

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        Eric Dierker 

        3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Thank you. I laid under one today.

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        Thanks, Dana. I appreciate that.

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        Dana Tate 

        3 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

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

        Beautifully expressed.

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

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

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        Lucy 

        3 weeks ago from Leeds, UK

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

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        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.

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        Linda Crampton 

        3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        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".

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        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.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

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

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        Eric Dierker 

        3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        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.

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        Nellieanna Hay 

        3 weeks ago from TEXAS

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        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.

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        Eric Dierker 

        3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        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

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        Bill Holland 

        3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        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.

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        A B Williams 

        3 weeks ago from Central Florida

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        Thank you, Lorna!

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        Lorna Lamon 

        3 weeks ago

        Beautiful poem timeless and elegantly written. Loved it.

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

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

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

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

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        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!

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        Paula 

        3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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        Shannon Henry 

        3 weeks ago from Texas

        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

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        Paula 

        3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        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

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