This Big Ol’ Tree

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This big ol’ tree

full of life and wisdom

Each of your twists and turns

a story in life

Bet you have a lot to share


Standing tall

roots firmly planted in the ground

Watch on as mayhem surrounds you

No place to go

but you say you wouldn’t leave anyway

You like the view from there


This big ol’ tree

you’ll be here long after I’m gone

new faces

new stories to watch

the seasons change

you lose your leaves

and take a quiet slumber


Time to rest and reflect

on all that you’ve seen

all that you’ve heard

all that you’ve learned


Assimilate the stories into life

and spring rolls around

to find rebirth



of life

of love

of new stories


This big ol’ tree

your coat is new

you look lovely

no worse for wear

amongst the stories you’ve seen

coiffed with secrets

from the lives you’ve watched


Standing in the same spot

in the same vein

in a different world

you don’t change your view

yet you grow old gracefully

barely noticed by the passersby

barely touched by humans

yet the life force of the universe

flows through your trunk

to the tips of your branches


This big ol’ tree

there is much

I could learn

from you!





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My healing journey on the continuum of "It's all wrong" to "It's all right!" I love art and the creative process, reading, writing, and playing tennis.

35 thoughts on “This Big Ol’ Tree

  1. I love big ol trees! In fact, I have a huge metal tree wall-hanging in my bedroom……..and 50+ trees on my property. Ahhh….Thanks for this lovely poem about My Friends.


  2. Did you see a resemblance? No way are not ol’ in the least…and I don’t know how tall you are so I can’t speak for the big part. But the more I read from you, I do see the wisdom!!! I can’t believe it was so hot by you today!!! Where did you say you reside? And don’t spill the beer Uncle Tree! πŸ™‚ Stay cool ❀


      1. A veritable cold snap! Now you’re making me jealous!! Lincoln Nebraska….you are pretty far away UT!! I have never been to Nebraska…what is the best part of living there? Hope your heat spell ends soon!


          1. Go Huskers!! Yeah…I’ve heard about you Husker fans!! Sounds like a beautiful place to live. I’d say the biggest difference would be the clean air!! Stay cool Uncle Tree…doesn’t matter how clear the air is if it’s too hot to breathe πŸ˜‰


  3. I don’t have, which as short of a time as you know me, I’m sure you’ll find a surprise, words to quite describe how touched I was by your interpretation and expression of this Ole Tree – as if you were it’s voice – it’s heart. I adored this far more than I know how to express in writing. ❀


    1. I’m happy that it touched you so!! I think in my short time blogging I have written a few poems with trees as the central character! I’m sure I will do more…snapped a few tree pics today as a matter of fact!! πŸ™‚

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