David Wood

Gold Star - 10,717 Points (07 April 1950 / London)

Cherry Tree - Poem by David Wood

Cherry blossom fell like confetti
In the wind, but there was no bride
Or groom only a pair of robins
On the grass beneath the cherry tree.

A winding path led to a church once
Full now empty; redundant in a society
Trying to survive on pay day loans
To pay absent landlords.

The cherry tree had seen a different
Time, a time when the church was full
And people sat beneath it, a time
When the world smiled.

Now the world just turned and groaned
But the cherry tree remained the same
Throughout, each passing year it would
Blossom and cherry blossom would fall
And robins would play beneath it.

Comments about Cherry Tree by David Wood

  • Silver Star - 3,189 Points Sofia Kioroglou (10/5/2015 3:12:00 PM)

    Absolutely sublime! Great style and even greater content! I really enjoyed reading this! Thank you for sharing! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 9,573 Points Marie Shine (8/25/2015 8:04:00 AM)

    What a story the cherry tree could spin! If only trees could speak, what a tale it would tell! Excellent use of metaphor and I love the simile in your very first line. You encapsulate the decline in the Church over the years so artistically, you are an artist with words, David. I also love how you bring the two robins into the scene, it adds a warm glow to the poem for me. Somethings never change and the cherry tree represents admirably all of those things. In this lifetime I have learned that regardless of what happens or does not happen, this old world keeps on turning and life goes on and on and on ad infinitum and I see this represented in your lines 'Now the world just turned and groaned
    But the cherry tree remained the same
    Throughout, each passing year it would
    Blossom and cherry blossom would fall
    And robins would play beneath it'
    This final verse brings the whole poem together for me. It is like the beautiful red satin bow which ties a bouquet of beautiful yellow Roses! A superb penning, punctuated by the warmth of your lovely presence. Beautiful work! A joy to read! Thank you for sharing, David (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,196 Points Khairul Ahsan (9/9/2013 2:34:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem written fluently in great style and vision.10/10.
    Last April I visited the campus of Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA and saw a lot of cherry trees in full blossom. The imagery you described fits the scenery in my mind.
    Your comment explains the poem well. Thanks for the explanation. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 972 Points Chandra Thiagarajan (9/5/2013 9:56:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem about the Cherry tree & blossoms and it being a witness to great times and tarnished times!
    I have also a poem in the same name- The Cherry Tree- but it is about the loss of a much relished tree.! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,120 Points Heather Wilkins (8/31/2013 12:09:00 PM)

    the cherry tree when in bloom is beautiful. a good write (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,440 Points Sallam Yassin (8/30/2013 11:47:00 AM)

    so we changed not the tree
    so we need to trace
    where the roots of the bloom (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,518 Points Chris G. Vaillancourt (8/29/2013 3:53:00 PM)

    This is wonderful, both in style and content (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Aswath Raman (8/29/2013 10:15:00 AM)

    An extremely wonderful write sir. The cherry tree is being the sole witness to the change in the world, anhd despite the change it does its duty and provides shade to the robins. Something similar to a Sanskrit verse I learnt long back! And your Cherry tree reminds me of many poems I learnt in my high school English class! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,822 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/29/2013 9:04:00 AM)

    Nature's boldness and ours timidness, nature stands o witness and we slides a human may be happy or sad, fearfull or dare devil but CT is away from the evil well write DAVID thank 10 (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,494 Points Unwritten Soul (8/28/2013 10:47:00 PM)

    The feeling was there in your poem, the narrative poetic lines awakening the art and with good meaning appeared in my mind...clap clap.._Soul (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 397 Points Poetheart Morgan (8/28/2013 3:59:00 PM)

    The cherry tree is the contrast between past and present. But it is there, waiting. who knows maybe best times.... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,717 Points David Wood (8/28/2013 3:30:00 PM)

    The Cherry tree symbolises God's unchanging nature, the blossom represents manna from heaven and society represents its own fickle self. The robins symbolises our unchanging natural world. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,451 Points Neela Nath Das (8/28/2013 12:49:00 PM)

    Very nice.In this mortal world, the beauty of nature never changes.It's immortal.Lovely one Sir! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,243 Points Sekharan Pookkat (8/28/2013 12:46:00 PM)

    I remember the following lines while reading your poem cherry tree
    for men may come and men may go
    but i go on for ever - good (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,298 Points Tarobinson1103@gmail.com Robinson (8/28/2013 7:18:00 AM)

    Cherry tree roots grow deep and are strong and resistant . They have a firm grasp of this earth. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,262 Points Geetha Jayakumar (8/28/2013 5:40:00 AM)

    Wow. Beautiful poem..A lovely portrait of cherry tree, which witnessed all from crowd to loneliness, past to present..Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 45,404 Points Valsa George (8/27/2013 11:11:00 PM)

    The cherry tree remains a silent witness to the declining Faith. Once the churches teemed with the thronging congregation! It was a time when the world smiled! In this poem, I hear the deep undertone of a wail, the same agony Matthew Arnold expressed in his poem- The Dover Beach! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,588 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (8/27/2013 7:03:00 PM)

    David it reminds me of the famous lines of Tennyson, with Cherry tree saying
    Men may come and men may go
    I go on for ever...
    Beautiful poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,127 Points Dave Walker (8/27/2013 1:56:00 PM)

    A great poem, somethings that are good thankfully stay the same. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,120 Points Heather Wilkins (8/27/2013 10:53:00 AM)

    the cherry tree one of the most beautiful when in full bloom they are plated around our capital building in Washington lovely poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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