Jim Yerman


A Crooked Old Tree - Poem by Jim Yerman

There was once an ancient Chinese philosopher sitting under a crooked old tree
Who spoke on the subject of judging others, and how we need to think differently.

“When this tree was younger, ” he said, “it caused many people to gape
It was covered with bulges and its trunk and branches were contorted way out of shape.

Master carpenters, the ones who use wood in the ships and the homes they create
Were not looking for wood that was twisted, they needed their wood to be straight.

When they looked at the gnarly and misshapen branches displayed in this crooked old tree
They deemed it to be useless for their needs and decided to just let it be.

Consequently that tree was never cut down, it grew and it grew, and in time
It offered shade from the sun, quiet solitude and it’s branches were easy to climb.

This same tree once labeled useless is now treasured by the people in this town
Who are thankful for all that it offers and glad it was never cut down.”

“Neither should humans, ” he continued, “be judged by their shape or their size
For like this old tree we’re sitting under, their destiny may too surprise.

So never accept other people’s judgement of you; do not let them limit who you can be,
And do not dismiss anyone in this world but treat everyone with dignity.”

It’s a lesson I try to remember when I am judged or I judge others quickly.
I try to stop and remember that Chinese philosopher and that beautiful crooked old tree.


Comments about A Crooked Old Tree by Jim Yerman

  • (5/20/2017 7:29:00 AM)


    Great counseling and inspiration. These are the eternal teachings we should always remember. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/7/2017 10:35:00 PM)


    Heartiest Congratulations for inking such an insightful poem based on eastern philosophy as also on it's selection as member poem of the Day. (Report) Reply

  • (2/7/2017 8:50:00 PM)


    Profound poetry and philosophy. What a potent mix! Thoroughly enjoyed this Poem Of The Day. Congrats, Jim on such an accomplishment. Looking forward to reading more of your poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (2/7/2017 1:39:00 PM)


    Philosophy of judging others by crooked idea undoubtedly amazing. Its newness of transformation in the field of judging captures the readers intelligence. Appreciate the recollection. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/7/2017 11:53:00 AM)

    Crooked Old Tree
    Do not dismiss anyone! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (2/7/2017 11:51:00 AM)

    The beautiful crooked old tree!
    A tree is a teacher.
    Beautiful poem, Jim!
    Hearty Congratulation!
    (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (2/7/2017 11:11:00 AM)


    A wonderful poem, Jim. So many truths! Congrats on having it chosen as poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (2/7/2017 10:58:00 AM)


    A good poem with a great story-line. Congratulation on its selection as the member poem for the day. (Report) Reply

  • Clarence Prince (2/7/2017 7:52:00 AM)


    Thank you for sharing this poem, Jim!
    There are lessons to learn from it.
    It shows that every person,
    and all thing serves a purpose in this world!
    (Report) Reply

  • (2/7/2017 7:52:00 AM)


    Those cricked tree branches were so easy to climb and hold a special place in my memory. The poem reminded me of my own poem ' Banyan tree' which came out of appreciation for one such tree. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Christina Simmons (2/7/2017 6:48:00 AM)

    A Crooked Old Tree:
    Only the ego judge people. As someone who has successfully shed the ego off of my psyche I must say it feels very liberated to have done that. Your poem was both insightful and knowledgeable. Well done! (Report) Reply

  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (2/7/2017 6:30:00 AM)


    A thought provoking poem, an enjoyable write. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Reed (2/7/2017 6:18:00 AM)


    I enjoyed reading this so very much (Report) Reply

  • Tatiana Berdennikova (2/7/2017 5:38:00 AM)

    A Crooked Old Tree
    This beautiful poem reveals true values of life. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (2/7/2017 4:06:00 AM)

    tom allport
    brilliant poem with good advice. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/7/2017 12:55:00 AM)

    It's a lesson
    Thanks for sharing and congrats on being chosen.... (Report) Reply

  • Simone Inez Harriman (2/7/2017 12:48:00 AM)


    A lovely wise poem that reminds us to not allow negativity or jealousy to hold us back as we grow toward our true potential and in turn we are better off if we are kind and appreciate the good in all others. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (2/7/2017 12:43:00 AM)


    An absolutely beautiful poem. It has jumped straight into my favourites.+++10

    Congratulations on poem of the day. Certainly well deserved.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, January 20, 2014


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