Being a tree

by Darren   Jun 5, 2016

Proud that I'm a tree
taking root quite literally
never moving
unless the wind makes me

those many years of fast paced existence
going on around me

I have seen;

The ground dragged up
furrowed burrows
rabbit warrens, hidden treasures
tossed asunder

making way for;

An asphalt eyesore
delivering fumes
choking, black leaf staining
delivering death via speed
metal boxes smashing into each other
windscreens shattering
hair, blood splattering
death at my feet

then there's;

the young boy climbing me
a ladder to boast from his perch
to the girl bashful below
those same people
to carve into my skin
their love
many years later

I remember fondly the;

nests of craziness
squawking to baying
miracles from shiny eggs
taking flight once had their full

yet now;

I have no eyes to unsee
the man hanging from me
the tear stained rope
the grimace
the fall
the tautness
the end
violating me


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  • 3 years ago

    by mossgirl19

    Wow, to finally see things from a tree's view! Most poems have trees beside or behind them but you were the tree in this. This is a very insightful read, full of truths, and the ending was heart-breaking. Great write!

    • 3 years ago

      by Darren

      thanks for reading and commenting

  • 4 years ago

    by Meena Krish

    Judging Comment:

    An interesting and insightful write! You have given
    the tree character and its realistic for as a reader
    I feel what the tree is putting up with, the sadness
    the joys it sees rather it witnesses and not been
    able to let it all out yet keep it within it and just
    keeps growing stronger. I like this!!

  • 4 years ago

    by Red Yoshi


    Oh my god man i have missed your poems so much.

    Making on in the view point of a tree itself is cleaver and unique in its own right. But giving it a personality like a person is something not many can do, let alone do well. You tell stories within a story and that is yhe best part, because in poetry that is really difficult to do.

    First of all you give a back story to the tree, and how it has grown up per say like a person and within that you go through a time frame (what it is only the reader can guess), in which tome elapses. You make the tree go through the motions of a human would. You could almost say this is a metaphor, but i doubt it, it is that simple.

    We all experience different things in our lives from sorrow to happy to anger and death and we could see each within a day. You never really give thought to nature having real emotions but they really do. They are alive!.

    You take something so simple and make it beautiful, this is essentially what a real poem should be. Thought provoking non the less. Great work

    • 4 years ago

      by Darren

      Thanks once again James,

  • 4 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    Judge Comment:

    Darren created a powerful poem this week.

    He took a topic that many within society ignore, the destruction of nature; dark side of beauty and he created a unique and captivating piece, very powerful!

  • 4 years ago

    by Em

    Darren, what a truly enthralling yet wonderful and sad write.
    You wrote well about the given life of a tree.
    They must see so many beautiful and wonderful good times like the love and that little boy climbing to and on the other hand death and accidents. You paint a really vivid image of this lonely tree reminiscing about joyful and sad times gone by.
    Well done this will receive my nominations as soon as they're back.


    • 4 years ago

      by Darren

      Thanks once again Em.

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