Thursday, June 29, 2006

Poetry Thursday - The Way to Grow


I like the way the tree grows,
up and out,
lifting itself on tiptoe straight into the clouds
then spreading its long arms across the yard.
I like the way its branches
twist and tangle.
I like the way each one
has found its own path,
its own place of belonging.
I like the way they
bow and bend,
making room for each other
while continuing their own movement forward.
I like the way the sky's desire
calls it upward
and the Earth's hunger
pulls it downward.
I like the way this delicate tug of war
gives it strength and flexibility.
I like the way it wears its leaves
so loosely,
letting them fall without a fight,
without regret.
I like the way it kisses each morning tenderly
then cradles the stars every night.
And most of all,
I like the way it knows
without a doubt
its place is here
in this present moment.
It never forgets.
It never looks back.

25 Comments:

Blogger my pink sky said...

simply magical, michelle. you have such a beautiful way with words.

7:25 PM  
Blogger ruby said...

i love the sincerity & genuineness in this piece. you have a gift with words...

7:36 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

That's beautiful, Michelle.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Irene said...

I think it's my favorite post, ever. it really speaks to me, thank you Michelle. it's amazing and beautiful.

9:29 PM  
Blogger deirdre said...

Oh, to be as easy with life as a tree. Beautiful.

9:49 PM  
Blogger January said...

"I like the way the sky's desire
calls it upward
and the Earth's hunger
pulls it downward."

Me too! Just lovely.

3:52 AM  
Blogger gracie said...

Trees have so much to teach us... loved the tug of war and the loosely worn leaves... wonderful, Michelle.
(btw... I recorded a CD for preschoolers entitled "Way 2 Grow"!!!)

4:43 AM  
Anonymous samantha said...

This...so, so wonderful. You've captured all the things I love about trees but could never say, you wood nymph you!

6:03 AM  
Blogger kelly said...

so pretty!

6:23 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

so many things in this
that i loved...
the earth's hunger pulling it down,
dropping the leaves
without a fight,
without regret...

you have turned something
we see everyday
and turned it into something
magical...

beautiful.

6:27 AM  
Blogger jim said...

And yes, to wear one's leafs loosely--so very grace-filled.

7:06 AM  
Blogger mayseek life said...

yes..what an honoring of the trees.thanks.

8:56 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

THIS was amazing. Your words with the photograph...powerful and strong, just like the trees.
a.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Star said...

I love this, Michelle. I was noticing the trees yesterday also. How firmly rooted they are to withstand the storms of life, yet how open their 'arms' are to receive the moisture and sunlight, how their leaves play with the breeze as it goes by. And how I wish I could be more like the trees. You've captured it beautifully as you always do. Thanks for sharing it.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Josephine said...

And don't forget the bird nests!

1:04 PM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

i keep reading this one my dear...
so very beautiful.

images and words of trees just fill me up...grounding myself to the earth below through your words...thank you.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Susannah said...

oh this is beautiful!

2:44 PM  
Blogger melba said...

I like the way you help me slow down and breathe in your words...

5:49 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

I want to be a tree, to "know without a doubt" that my place is here in this present moment."

This is breathtaking and beautiful, and begs to be read over and over again.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Frankie said...

What an enchanting poem! I like all of these things too, but I LOVE the way you've so elequently placed them into this poem. It gave me goosebumps. "It never forgets. It never looks back." Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Thanks so much Michelle!

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

Beautiful, Michelle! Simply wonderful.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

mmmmm...yes, you have given words to the life of a tree.

so beautiful.

5:31 PM  
Blogger fog said...

thank you so much...

4:54 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

Thursday, June 29, 2006
Poetry Thursday - The Way to Grow

Cet arbre est magnifique !
Le cadrage original me plait beaucoup !

4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Last week, before going to sleep, I began asking myself a lot of WHAT IF questions.

The central theme behind my thoughts are neither anti-war or pro-religion. My words are not meant to inspire scenes of flag-burning or political protest signs. Sadly, I realize that sometimes a lasting Peace means war.

However, unless someone and everyone start talking about the idea of Peace...

Even if it's just for two short minutes...

It's possible that an unstoppable firestorm of hatred may one day burn its way across our entire planet.

Instead of pointing out those differences which separate mankind...

It's my hope that the humanity within all of us will somehow prevail...

Even if it's JUST FOR TWO SHORT MINUTES...

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8:13 PM  

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