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
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 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 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
35 thoughts on “This Big Ol’ Tree”
<3 I love your poem because I love trees… or vice-versa! 🙂 I'm a "tree hugger" and I dedicated several post to trees, this is the last one: 🙂
Hi Me’lanie!! Yes…I have heard of tree huggers…but I have not physically hugged one….only in my mind. The trees are amazing to me, and I am inspired by them often. I will check out your post…thanks for the link. Have a super duper Monday! 🙂
I agree with Melanie. I loved it too. Tree are a favourite with me whether painting or writing they just seem to “say” so much. beautiful piece of writing.
Thank you Claire!!! They do talk to me also!! Just imagine how many secrets they could divulge…but they never do!!! Thanks so much for looking, and commenting 🙂
I love trees and I absolutely love your poetry ! 🙂
Hi Neha!! I’ve missed you 🙂 Hope everything is going well for you 🙂 Thanks so much for your beautiful comment…and I am happy you love trees too! I would love to see the giant sequoias in California!! 🙂
I missed you too and I would love to see that too! 🙂 <3 Hugs and love ~ Neha
Trees have always fascinated me. If only they could talk- the stories they could tell! Lovely poem!
Hey Julie!! I know! I was on a walk and this tree “beckoned” me! I think she was going to tell me a secret…. but then she changed her mind 🙂 Thanks again for the beautiful words on your post today 🙂
Wonderful tree and reflections on the life of a tree as seen with loving eyes. Thanks for reminding us of the longer view Lorrie. BTW, do you know what kind of tree that is. I love it’s woven like trunks. 🙂
I know Brad….I couldn’t walk by it without taking a photo…I almost immediately had the verses in mind!! She is a lovely!! I think, and I could be wrong, that she is a type of Maple tree. There are many red Maples in the neighborhood….but she is not red. But she is beautiful! Thanks, as always Brad, for all of your love!! <3 Oh….and you might want to check back on my blog a little later….there just might be a surprise for you!! 🙂
Yes, very beautiful Lorrie. Trees, highways, poetry and mystery musings; who knows what goodness flows from your heart. XD
Giant smile to my face!!!! Thanks Brad 😀
Mine too, I appreciate our loving and playful banter. 🙂
What a wonerful ode to the trees Lorrie! Trees of Life… I love them, the energize your soul, they protect your body, they make your heart happy, And yes, “the life force of the universe / flows through your trunk” as you have beautifully written, it’s very true. And I love your last lines “there is much / I could learn /from you!”, it reminds me that the Buddha reached Nirvana … under a tree! A wonderful way of beginning the week Lorrie. Coincidence: I’ve written a poem about the creation of a garden the first plant of which is a “very old live oak”. Thank you and much love to you dearest Lorrie 🙂
Much love to you dearest Fre’de’ric!!! Yes, I know, I commented on your beautiful poem…and you made me certain that I should post my tree poem today…it was “in the running” for being posted and when I read your wonderful poem and saw the first line I knew it had “won!”
Yes, Fre’de’ric….the Buddha did come to full enlightenment while under a tree….and if I think about it…it makes perfect sense. I love trees, I always have. I love to plant trees and then watch how they grow…year after year. We look back and think times flies but the trees they just take their time and they grow at the pace that they are meant to grow…they stand tall in their beautiful essence….they are grounded in the earth! Yes….I love trees….I really love trees!!!
Much love to you dearest!!! 🙂 <3 <3
…look at my reply to your last comment on my blog, if inspired email me 😉 I also love to plant trees and plant (it is a like a physical connection with our mother the Earth) by the way, I’m addicted to garden centers, are you? When traveling abroad I love to visit them (and buy some plants!) much love to you xxoo
Hi Kirt….good to see you 🙂 Thanks so much…I love your support!! <3
Thank Lorrie! I enjoy reading your insight!!
You just made my day, young lady! 🙂 Love all the wonderful comments, too.
Our heat index hit 113 today. Damn tough on this ol’ tree.
I was wilting terribly, until I read your poem.
A fountain of youth rose within me, and I almost spilled my beer. 😉
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.
You are so welcome!! I love trees…All kinds. I’m happy that I could make you smile 🙂 And 50 plus trees on your property. ..awesome!! <3
Did you see a resemblance? No way UT..you 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! 🙂 Stay cool <3
I’m in Lincoln, Nebraska. Heat index only 100 today. LoL Way better. 🙂 Cheerz to peace, li’l sista!
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!
The best part of living in the Plains?
Sunsets, sunrises, full-moons setting and rising;
clean air, clear dry skies full of stars, and Husker football! 🙂
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 😉
I really like this. 😀
I’m so happy you stopped by! 🙂
Love this, Lorrie. A truth so beautifully expressed! Huge lover of trees and their majesty <3
Thank you so much Himani!! Yes…I love trees…all trees. And majesty is a perfect word 🙂 Thanks for stopping by <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. <3
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!! 🙂
^5 (because I don’t know how to make a thumbs up on WP). *smiles*