Tree on the Hillside

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“So today I ask this question to you – do you want to reborn as who you are? Do you think you could come back like a bird? What would you be looking for if you come back?”

There is a tree out in the field.
Alone it stands on a slight rise.
A massive oak. Old with knowledge
and wily wise of snows and wind.
In summer sun his leafy arms
shade the cows as they linger there
chewing languidly, peaceful repast

One last request my spirit makes
as it leaves this poor clay dwelling,
that I be one with yonder tree.
For heaven resides in that oak
that overlooks God’s handiwork
of field and stream and country things.

 

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17 thoughts on “Tree on the Hillside

  1. It is funny…last night as I was going to sleep, I was thinking of “in winter, remembering green leaves of summer, singing their little summer song. And now I read your poem…I think that “tree on the hillside,” has summer leaves singing!

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  2. Absolutely lovely.

    ‘A massive oak. Old with knowledge
    and wily wise of snows and wind.
    In summer sun his leafy arms
    shade the cows as they linger there’

    I could almost sing it.

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  3. “For heaven resides in that oak
    that overlooks God’s handiwork
    of field and stream and country things.”

    Yes, it does…this is so moving…you have captured the tree’s magnificence and peace so well…I’d love to over look those cows there chewing in the shade, too…sigh.

    Such a beautiful poem Debi.

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