Family Oak

Family Oak

A Poem by Richard M
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Despite disability, the love and strength of my family is everything!

"

From family oak my seed fell to the ground

  like a whisper without a sound,

swept aside by the winds of change,

washed away by the driving rains.

I came to rest on a patch of rough,

the going hard, times were tough, but

  that good old family oak.

 

Through days and years

  of sun and tears

I began to put down roots,

through pain and trial,

under stormy skies

  my seed began to shoot from

  that good old family oak.

 

From acorn seed I grew up strong

  round summers come and winters gone,

winds blew strong and clouds grew black,

thunder rolled and lightning cracked,

the rains beat down but the sun did shine as

  I grew sturdy through family line.

Our histories entwined within my grain,

each knotty ring we're all the same,

together we've grown though life's change,

growing through the love we saved in

  that strong old family oak.

 

For years a child played within my branches,

risking life taking chances,

he'd fall down, get up again and

  continue on just the same.

His want to live and play life's game

  with family, friends, his light aflame,

living each day its ebbs and flows,

scratches, bruises, tales of woe,

taking on what other kids do,

same adventures just following queue.

 

I watched him play in my shade,

good times had, plans were made,

running along with the crowd,

every mile a strain of proud.

Each day heard a different song,

each year a new vein of strong was notched

  in that good old family oak.

 

From early days a sapling small,

with every struggle and every fall

  I watched him grow by the year and

held him close through nights of tears.

School days, jobs, battles fought

  each one with it achievements brought,

with each step, change and shadow long

  emotions felt but a forest strong.

Day to day each passing stage and

  every one like ink on page,

from walking frame to licence and car,

each milestone but a measure

  that marked his path and spoke

  of that strong old family oak.

 

Hard times come a branch will break and

  to the core my trunk it shakes,

winds and storms roots deeper still,

spreading further the iron of will.

Years go by and years go round,

I grow stronger without a sound

  from that good old family oak.

 

My roots stay grounded in my past,

lessons, memories, meanings,

things that will last,

remembering the days of struggles long

  round winters come and summers gone,

I grow still through the years

  from children's laughter and mourning tears.

But that good old family oak is the strength of me

  for the distances ahead I cannot see,

its breath and sunshine in my days,

through winter chill and summer haze

  is that strong old family oak.

 

 

© 2018 Richard M


Author's Note

Richard M
Hope you can understand its metaphorical nature and that it's clear.

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This poem was very well written and definitely touched me. My family is the most important thing to me, and reading this poem reminded me of that. It can be so hard when our "branches break", but I have found that no matter what happens the strength of my family keeps me steady. Using the tree as a metaphor made this poem intriguing and kept me interested. I really enjoyed reading. Thank you for sharing!

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Richard M

3 Years Ago

Thanks Ally for reading and reviewing. This poem is a few years old now and I never set out to write.. read more



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How wonderfully and deeply thought out. There are so many things in the world and in nature to inspire us and to provoke tbought. You did a fine job in capturing such a thought.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Richard M

2 Years Ago

Thank you Sheryn for reading
Lea Sheryn

2 Years Ago

You're welcome
Really liked this Richard...it took me back to when I was young and there was a girl with spina bifida living a few doors away from us..every day he'd be outside with her teaching her to walk (He'd even put her at the top of the path in the pouring rain and make her walk back down.....if she put her hands on the fence to keep her balance he'd just put her back at the top and make her start again). It was hard to watch but boy did she turn out to be a really special person who would join in playing with us all when we were younger. Thanks for requesting me to read it I really liked it. Thanks for sharing it with us

Posted 2 Years Ago


Richard M

2 Years Ago

Thank you George for reading, I'm glad you liked it! This is my favourite piece. Thank you also, for.. read more
Amazung words here- and yes life we dont know whats up ahead but we gotta keep going it makes us who we are today and yes times can be challanging and heartbreaking but it makes us unique as long as we get up and keep going never giving up and quitting- - i look back and live the paths ive been on and the lessins ive learnt - become wiser- i wouldnt change a thing- wish other would not give up so easy- all comes at right time- really enjoyed this🌹

Posted 2 Years Ago


Richard M

2 Years Ago

Thank you for Kelly for reading and for your words and insights. Glad you liked it
‘Thoughts In Time’🌹

2 Years Ago

Pleasure is mine🌹
A very fine description of one's life with beloved, kid . Happy moments and bad times got the right words in this poem.
I enjoyed it! Keep sharing Richard... :))
Sneh


Posted 2 Years Ago


Richard M

2 Years Ago

Thank you Sneha
great story,the family oak,i liked the message

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Richard M

2 Years Ago

Thanks for reading wordman. I'm glad you liked it
 wordman

2 Years Ago

you`re welcome
Oh what a life your 'Family Oak' has lead from acorn small to a mighty tree
Troubled times its had a few but sturdy and strong its stood the test

Posted 2 Years Ago


Richard M

2 Years Ago

Thank you Wild Rose for your beautiful and uplifting words. So appreciated!
Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

You are welcome
The strength of an oak tree and its metaphor around this poem is a great link to the durability and sustained will of one's character and family lineage. I think you did a great job on this poem, Richard.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Richard M

3 Years Ago

Thank you so much for your words Relic. I wrote this some years ago and never intended a metaphoric.. read more
This is a beautiful poem Richard, one that resonates greatly with me. I owe a great deal to the strength of my parents, and my grandparents, my family tree. Their roots have enabled me to flourish and live well and deal with the hardships and difficult times when they come. I feel truly grounded thanks to them. We learn so much from them don't we Richard, stuff that we in turn can pass down the line? So much love and affection in your words.

Chris

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard M

3 Years Ago

Thank you Chris for reviewing and your beautiful words. Family is all to me and where I am today is.. read more
Chris Shaw

3 Years Ago

It is a heartfelt write for sure, and well written. Pleased to read it.
This poem was very well written and definitely touched me. My family is the most important thing to me, and reading this poem reminded me of that. It can be so hard when our "branches break", but I have found that no matter what happens the strength of my family keeps me steady. Using the tree as a metaphor made this poem intriguing and kept me interested. I really enjoyed reading. Thank you for sharing!

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This comment has been deleted by the poster.
Richard M

3 Years Ago

Thanks Ally for reading and reviewing. This poem is a few years old now and I never set out to write.. read more

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Richard M
Richard M

Cowra, New South Wales , Australia



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