Tree of Wisdom
Alone you stand; so steady and perfectly still,
The gentle breeze; shifting your lush green leaves,
Strong branches swaying; to the call of the winds,
The sun and the snow; the rain and the drought,
You readily adapt to suit; the conditions of the land,
You stand in all your splendour; pure and simple,
Taking all, the good and bad; the black and white,
Not a word do you ever say; in hopeless protest,
You live in perfect harmony; within the world you are a part of,
As we slowly learn; to live as one.
As we stand here in the sunlight; I realise your wisdom,
We search so far; for knowledge of our kingdom,
Wisdom we fail to see; yet it is all around us,
Man works against his own; while you work together in unity,
You draw your life source; from the focal centre of the earth,
As we do from a centre of centres; some call a God,
We stand helpless at each loss; lost in a world of sadness and gloom,
You just grow another; to replace a fallen tender leaf or seasoned branch,
Your roots entwine; as we do within the unconscious,
You give us so much of you; with no hesitation,
You bring us life’s sweet water; as you shade our mountains,
You grant us the fruit of your burdens; as you do the air that we breathe, With the substance of your body; you keep us warm,
As you safely deliver us; from the elements of the land,
I see much that we owe you; but all so little we grant you.
One day I will fly away; as I leave this world in yesterday,
But where do you go my friend; as you cease to exist in this reality,
Do you return to the earth; as I return to my place of creation?
Do you exist in another dimension; unseen to my naked eye,
Do you dream of a future; or do you just live in the present,
Is not the past, present and future; one and the same for an instance of time?
Is life not death; as death is life,
The sad end of one; the joyous start of another,
Does my vessel become at one with you; when laid down on the cold hard earth,
Is it then that I will understand you; the wisdom you share,
Is it then that I will ever repay you; for all you have done?
Perhaps I shall learn the answers; as I rest in the shade of your leaves,
As I look at you; from deep within another dimension.