I Followed a Path


Lonely Oak
Image by Common Pixels via Flickr

Wanting to
meditate and discover the good,

I followed a
path deep into the wood,

Until before
me a great oak tree stood,

Its branches
mighty, its crown regal and thick,

The kind of
tree I’d be if I had my pick,

I wondered,
how long has this oak been around?

What made
this oak special? Why hasn’t it blown down?

Of course, I
mused, when a storm came through,

The massive trunk
deserves the credit for what would ensue,

Yet I realized
there was more than what met the eye,

The trunk
needed support to stand and touch the sky,

Roots keeping
the oak anchored were beneath the tree,

Spreading
out in all directions for stability,

I could see the
mighty oak was more than a tree,

It was a
symbol reminding me not to judge what I see,

Because like
the oak there’s more within me,

T here’s
part of me that’s in public view,

Exposed so
people can see what I do,

But beneath my
surface my values are set,

The part of
me that might be stronger yet,

To survive
the storms of life these roots will grow,

When
troubles are encountered my character will show,

Storms in
life are impossible to outrace,

So the
challenges they bring I will embrace,

I’ll be like
the mighty oak if I learn to endure,

The storms
of life with a heart that’s pure,

I left with
knowledge from where the oak tree stood,

Followed the
path out of the wood,

My search
was over, I finally understood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    1. You’re absolutely correct. The fruit tells the story. Your poems were great. I appreciate your comments also.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  1. I’m smiling. I love trees and just wrote a tree poem myself that I will post tomorrow afternoon for One Shot Wednesday. Trees invite meditation, don’t they. Nicely done, Dan.

    1. Great minds think alike. Now I’m smiling knowing that you’re posting a tree poem also. Would you send me the link when you post? Thank you.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  2. I watch my neighbor’s large oak tree throughout the year. It is as you describe, here. I will remember your poem, now, when I stare and watch it change color and hang on to most of its leaves through winter to drop them only weeks before the new growth appears. Not bad that one fashions himself after an oak……

    1. I like trees and oaks are special. Wooden heart, wooden head. Actually your description as the oak goes from season to season suits me well. Thank you.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    1. When I look at a tree I can feel its strength and somehow become stroonger too.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  3. This is quite wonderful. There is something about trees. When I was seventeen I wrote this one. You can see I was rather idealistic back then.

    LORD, MAKE OF ME A TREE
    MAKE ME STRONG AND SUPPLE THAT I MAY STAND UNYIELDING
    WHEN RAINS BESEIGH LET ME BE SHELTER …. and so on, don’t remember it all … Same idea in a way as your lovely poem here.

    Thanks, Dna.

    1. Trees strike a chord in everybody. There’s something that connects us to all living creatures and plants. Thanks for visiting.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

      1. I have strayed from my path at times. I always go back because it’s headed in a direction I prefer to go. Thanks, Jamie, for your inspiration and directions also.

        May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

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