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The Tree
by Doug Jenkins
04/02/06
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The Tree

Their youthful eyes knew early of the tree;
its sturdy trunk supporting growing boughs.
Beginning days beneath its shade were free
from worry’s heat that oft oppresses now.

Time’s rings increased, though some were thinned by storms
of drought, still most grew broad throughout the reign
of brighter suns and kinder winds, the norm—
when joy was full, and life was only gain.

Those youthful eyes grew wiser and mature;
they sought out lands beyond the old tree’s shade.
Yet distance cannot lessen the allure
of what once was, and childhoods well made.

The yard seems empty now without the tree;
an emptiness that’s full of memories.


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Jacque Sauter 27 Apr 2006
Hi again, you inspired me to repost 'Retreat to Moms' God Bless you and your writings!
Jacque Sauter 27 Apr 2006
Ahhh, this reminds me of the nostalgia of what I wrote.. Retreat to Moms. I loved our old tree in the backyard. Very nice poem!!
Thomas Kittrell 02 Apr 2006
This reminds me of my grandchildren's love for my old huge Magnolia Tree in our yard. Good poem. Thomas www.dustonthebible.com




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