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Hazel Durham


The Lime Tree


I always used to look outside my bedroom window,
At the old lime tree,
Solid and comforting, changing with the seasons,
Shedding your finery in the autumn chill,
Exposing your great soul that was the reason,
Spreading your blanket of golden and brown leaves,
You calmed my active mind,
When my spirit was broken by unknown thieves,
That plundered a young girl's psyche assunder,
Your presence of watching with care,
When the world seemed so unfair.

I lived in an imaginary place,
Where my dream's became real,
All part of my deal,
With God trying to grant me peace and love,
Unfolding from his holy kingdom above,
Wonderful evenings of listening to music,
Feeding my unfulfilled desire's,
I loved been in my bedroom, staying inside,
I could reach out and confide,
To famous pop stars,
That warmed my open, naive mind.

With my churning and jumbled up emotions,
Change was a fear out of my range,
Living was a picture I painted with freedom,
Creating a stunning landscape.
I would always pull across the darkened drapes,
Keeping me safe,
From an angry world that doesn't understand,
A young girl's wishes,
Of making my life rich with colours of many shades,
That I would never allow to fade.

I listened to the singers,
That quenched my emotional thirst,
Their words seemed to speak to me so clear,
With their good company so near,
Like the old lime tree a steady, constant influence,
In my turbulent teenage years,
That were congested with unexplainable fears,
Your presence uplifted me with your cheer,
Breaking down my very high fence,
Making my dreams become commom sense.

Submitted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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  • Rookie Deepak Sawhney (10/8/2013 11:02:00 PM)

    A beautiful write Hazel. Turbulent & torrid early years, nicely crafted into a smooth flowing poem, with each verse significant unto itself. Great rhyme & rhythm too. Enjoyed the read. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,498 Points Anthony Di''anno (8/31/2013 1:54:00 PM)

    Gorgeous imagery. I totally get it. I spent much of my youth staring at the tree outside my bedroom window. Listening to music completely bamboozled. Ah you have evoked many memories with this haunting write :) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,501 Points Ramesh Rai (8/30/2013 7:08:00 PM)

    Hazel i love your pen n try to understand the heart which has such deep feelings. frnd we both r too late n we have to complete the job within a short span coz decades of our life is passed..
    Your presence of watching with care,
    When the world seemed so unfair.
    a beautiful write.keep the track. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,300 Points Valsa George (8/27/2013 11:56:00 PM)

    So the Lime tree was a symbol... a benevolent presence.. a reminder of the inalienable bond between man and Nature, a shady abode extending soothing comfort for the turbulent, overheated nerves of a teenager! As ever, a fantastic write, Hazel (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 526 Points Paul Brookes (8/23/2013 1:47:00 AM)

    written with perception how many of us feel when overwhelmed by that strange time called adolescence woven together with mystery and imagination. BB: O) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 526 Points Paul Brookes (8/23/2013 1:45:00 AM)

    put to words the angst and uncertainty of the adolescent woven with mystery and imagination BB : O) (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,493 Points Lyn Paul (8/22/2013 9:02:00 AM)

    How wonderful Hazel..To. so many.... this is all they have, This too was all I had and all that kept me going. great work (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,408 Points Dave Walker (8/21/2013 10:39:00 AM)

    A great poem, I often listen to music, it's great if you've had a really busy
    day. A great write. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,300 Points Geetha Jayakumar (8/21/2013 9:25:00 AM)

    Very Uplifting poem...Old lime tree stood so calm and cool with all the changing season as well it was growing older too..When we are depressed music and nature really work wonders for us..It's very true..Very beautiful way you have expressed. Loved reading it twice. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,953 Points Valerie Dohren (8/21/2013 8:19:00 AM)

    Beautiful Hazel - music and nature are two things that can provide peace of mind and relaxation when we are downhearted or stressed. Very well penned. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Aswath Raman (8/21/2013 8:13:00 AM)

    Ahh! When I read this poem for the first time, due to my impatience or over excitement, I didnt really get it. But now I understand. And I can relate to this with someone I know very closely! Extremely well written ma'am! I really loved it. Thanks for your sweet comments! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 218 Points David Wood (8/21/2013 5:18:00 AM)

    What vivid imagery in this lovely poem. I hope you still listen to your favourite singers. Lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 33,788 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/20/2013 9:27:00 PM)

    A desire that resides in imagination...can offer many treat...life is such...Basically all need peace and a poet more than any....quest for peace and love transcends in many way ways as symbol and lime tree here for uou and us in your poetry a nice poem dream and dream thank you HAZEL....I am back (Report) Reply

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