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GIVING YOUR ALL

GIVING YOUR ALL

A Poem by Miss Sharon
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The life of one special tree that became a true and selfless friend.

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GIVING YOUR ALL
 
When she was just a child,
You offered a haven for play...
Your sturdy limbs giving rest
As they were climbed in tomboy style.

When she was too busy in play
To stop for lunch, you offered
The sweetest of all picnic fare...
Fruit in abundance in your season.

When she first knew love
You never flinched as she methodically
Carved initials into your trunk
To tell the world her secret.

When she introduced her firstborn
To the world, you offered your shade
To cool his fevered brow
While she sang him to sleep.

When her child went off to war and did not return,
In anger, hopelessness and despair
She hacked you into oblivion in a futile attempt
To assuage her anguish and pain.

As you lay dying in the summer sun,
She sat in solitude on your remaining stump,
And with no apologies or remorse....
She offered you her tears.
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Inspired by the book ''The Giving Tree''
By Shel Silverstein

© 2021 Miss Sharon


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A story of life....the happiness and the sadness. Personification of the tree. It has an old hometown feel to it. Those who live in the same place from birth till death often have a favorite tree in the yard of the home they grew up in. I even had a favorite boulder rock in my yard in NJ. I enjoyed this write, Sharon. Lydi**

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Miss Sharon

1 Month Ago

Thank you Lydi for your kind review of this write! ~Sharon



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Hello, Sharon! :)
That took a tragic turn. I won't try to imagine my own child's death, but that closing image is haunting. One of my nephews died a few years ago. His mother had a terrible time after. She still has low periods of slightly destructive behavior.
Thanks for sharing.

Posted 1 Month Ago


A story of life....the happiness and the sadness. Personification of the tree. It has an old hometown feel to it. Those who live in the same place from birth till death often have a favorite tree in the yard of the home they grew up in. I even had a favorite boulder rock in my yard in NJ. I enjoyed this write, Sharon. Lydi**

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Miss Sharon

1 Month Ago

Thank you Lydi for your kind review of this write! ~Sharon
wow ... poignant and emotive .. reading put me in a place i just sat back in the moment of the closing .. and she sat without remorse nor apologies .. just making an offering of her tears .. incredible insightful character in this woman ... for me this is most assuredly a winner Ms. Sharon .. thanks so much for sharing .. so worthwhile my friend!
E.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Miss Sharon

1 Month Ago

Thank you ever so much my friend for your beautiful review of this write! ~Sharon
A eulogy for a tree may sound strange at first, but I found myself moved by this one. The faithful tree was there for all of the important moments of a woman's life, but when that life turned unbearably sad and angry, it received the violent brunt of her anguish. But even in death it continued to provide her succour. When we are in extremis, it is easy to forget the support that is always there.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Miss Sharon

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your generous and perceptive review of this post! ~Sharon
I have a silver birch outside my bedroom window for the last 38 years. My sentinel through all the seasons, all the trouble and strife. Your poem is both beautiful and heartbreaking Sharon. I will have to read the book that inspired this piece. So sad the tree was hacked down, but sadder still the tears cried while she sat on the stump. Trees are such friends to me. I have an affinity with them. Keep safe and well and thank you dear poet for your wonderful.poetry. It is a gift.

Chris

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Miss Sharon

2 Months Ago

I am moved and grateful for your beautiful review my friend. Thank you so much! ~Sharon
I love the word "assuage"
and i really like your personification of the tree. Reminds me of a special tree in the front yard of the Guttersons' farmhouse in Vermont where we used to stay in summers. And for a fall weekend...a beautiful
maple.
It watched over me when I was a little kid...I loved that tree.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Miss Sharon

2 Months Ago

Thanks ever so much Jacob for your review of this write! I too had a special tree as a friend as a c.. read more
Chris

2 Months Ago

You are welcome Sharon :)

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My name is Sharon, I am a retired piano teacher, I love the mountains where I hike and snowshoe, have had several poems published and love to write. I also love to read almost anything I can get my ha.. more..

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