Soren Valentine


An Old Tree


An old tree stands by the edge of a cliff,
awaiting, awaiting the waters to lift.
The waves he cherishes like God's gift,
but through weeds and mountains he must first sift.

Lonely, pleading like a beggar,
he looks to the sea and wishes to tell her
to raise her waters with a good will,
so he could stand alone in the Home of Thrill.

An old tree stands alone on a hill,
forsaken and abandoned, he slowly dies,
as he watches the world's ages fall into a ghyll,
he sets his heart to where the sea-nymph cries.

In mimicry of the sea-nymph's tears,
he sends his roots cascading down the hills
like a waterfall of knowledge collected through the years.
What a sight to see! The spirit with sadness it fills.

An old tree once stood by the edge of a cliff,
waiting for some water to rise.
Now he's fallen, eaten by flies,
as he lays on the rocks, yet nobody cries.

What a life to have lived,
sad and alone.
As he dies, he knows he won't be missed.
No one grieves him but them he'll forgive,
even if they throw him like broken bones.
Yet even at death's gate his wish is dismissed.

His grave stands above the sea,
ever close to the waters free.
Death is cruel and ignores the plea,
And so water never reached by old friend the tree.

Submitted: Thursday, September 06, 2012
Edited: Friday, September 07, 2012

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

So I'm in El Salvador and there's this awesome tree right, and it's well pretty much described there. You're welcome.

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  • Kieran J96 (1/23/2013 3:07:00 PM)

    Love this poem, a tragic love story within nature and this line 'death is cruel and ignores the plea' is so true. (Report) Reply

  • Alla Simone (9/18/2012 7:45:00 AM)

    What a great place to be inspired- abroad! It has happened to me too except i'm not very good at taking something literal and turning it into something great. You did an awesome job though. I like how this poem comes full circle from life to death and the similes are good. Lonely, pleading like a beggar...he sends his roots cascading down the hills like a waterfall of knowledge collected through the years. (Report) Reply

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