The man in the tree

is not known by all

Many must walk by and never see him

He watches and wonders

where humanity is headed

He’s been stuck in this tree

for as long as he can remember

His hands tried to break free

but only became exposed roots

If he could speak he would tell those who would listen

to lead with their hearts

to curb the ego that might otherwise trap them

in the grips of bark or in the fires of hell

His pain is etched in every line on his face

He once was a man who hurt many

Locked in this trunk

he’s had eons to regret the lack of compassion

the urge to get ahead at the expense of others

The pain he inflicted

because he did not try

he did not know

because he did not care

He was so self absorbed

he did not see that the pain he caused others

locked his heart with no key

left him stranded inside this tree

The tree of wisdom is born of a fate

from a man who can not move

a man who is not seen

a man who must watch

and try to break free

2014-09-02 13.25.03




I was in New York City last week.  This tree was in Central Park (my very first time in the park) and when I saw it, something made me stop and take a picture.  I did not see the “man” until I later looked at the photograph.  The poem just poured out of me with such sadness and regret for those who live a life with no awareness of the impact they have on others (and their environment.)

I wish for us all to live with awareness.  To come from love; for ourselves, for all others, for life!

2014-09-02 13.24.03                    2014-09-02 16.48.16

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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.

51 thoughts on “Exiled

  1. You’re a creative machine Lorrie! I check a lot of blogs, and usually there are one or two new posts but you post almost every single day (sometimes multiple times)!! And with so much creative posts, it’s amazing. I really enjoyed this poem. I like your Haikus but this longer poem allowed your writing voice to come out. I enjoyed the pacing, descriptive words, introspection, and structure. I’m not big on poems that are rhyme, rhyme, rhyme. This was very pretty, great job!! 🙂


    1. Thank you Zachary!! You are very sweet to say those wonderful things 🙂 I wish I could take credit for it…but so many times I feel like a secretary taking dictation….the words come from my soul I believe!! And I rarely, if ever, edit them. I also can’t plan to sit down and write…they just come so I better be ready! 😉

      Have a super blessed week my friend!! ❤

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