The Culture Tree

The Culture Tree

A Poem by Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
"

To me poetry is like a dance to a song being written in the moment.

"
The Culture Tree 

(Canvas)

By

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada 


I don't see the world with my eyes 
I feel it with my heart

I don't hear the songs with my ears
I hold them in my soul 

I remember not the moments I lived
I remember the times I loved

I don't feel every tear I have wept
I know of their passing 

Pride I have found from the roots
I come from

A tree as endless as Eden's 
In the leaves of their memory 

© 2021 Carlos Lorenzo Estrada


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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
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Beautiful sentiment you have shared here Carlos. I thought of my family tree as I read your lines. Yes, I have pride in my roots and the values that previous generations have bestowed on me.

"I remember the times I loved"

What better way to live, than to love. Loving is everything.

I am most taken with this poem dear poet.

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you Chris for your comment on this poem. It means the world to me to hear that these words ha.. read more



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A wonderful poem Carlos and Happy New year.
"I remember not the moments I lived
I remember the times I loved"
The above lines, we must do. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry and your thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you kindly my friend I appreciate your comment. Hope you and all your love ones have a wonder.. read more
Nice Song style structure to this piece Carlos and I found it rather haunting and also strangely moving in the way the Piece plays out. Excellent.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you kindly for your comment. From the Hispanic culture that defines me music, faith, story, f.. read more
Writing does seem to come from some deeply hidden part of our mind/brain/psyche that somehow manages to file the memories of us and ours into a better order than the simple act of speaking, or thinking out loud as I call it.
Even the simple act of lifting pen and paper, with a fresh blank sheet and no particular thought of what will happen (or word doc) can open our mind to let the thoughts go, so that we can somehow sit in wonder at where it came from and because we have already put the pen down, we just shrug and call it the muse or free writing... (isn't all writing free?)
It sets the mood within us to surprise even ourselves at what seems to fall out of us so easily that I sometimes wonder why we don't all have a pen and paper in hand before giving people our sometimes too vocal and unasked for opinions.
I think that may catch on you know! 😊
It is so many different things to so many, but we can all still nod our head in agreement as we read others thoughts of the why and how's of why we do it. This is no exception. I think you hit the nail on the top bit with a heavy thing really well here.
Ps... And no, how did you guess I'm not a joiner? 😊



Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Weeks Ago

You are absolutely right Lorry. There are times art just flows from an unseen tap of inspiration. .. read more
The ancestors call. But do we still hear? We have forgotten them and so forgotten who we are. It good to know our roots. And it was good of you to remind us of this truth. Our children must inherit our wisdom, not our mistakes.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Weeks Ago

I totally agree with your thoughts. Culture and its traditions hold great significance in a person'.. read more
M. J. Smith

3 Weeks Ago

It is I should thank you for reminding me of a poet's responsibility: To both leave beauty in the wo.. read more
A poem that relates to everyone, I would think, at some time. And I enjoyed reading and the walk down memory lane. --- Thanks.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you JE for your thoughts on this piece. This poem was one of my favorites to write because of.. read more
Beautiful sentiment you have shared here Carlos. I thought of my family tree as I read your lines. Yes, I have pride in my roots and the values that previous generations have bestowed on me.

"I remember the times I loved"

What better way to live, than to love. Loving is everything.

I am most taken with this poem dear poet.

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you Chris for your comment on this poem. It means the world to me to hear that these words ha.. read more
the opening line got me right away, I feel the same way, well all of it is relatable but the first lines are something special that I think all poets have. I always say it would be nice to walk outside and see the day and just say it's nice out instead of how do I make this into a poem. I know no other way to think, it can be tiring but at the same time it is a gift. "I remember the times that I loved" WOW great line and so true! every memory is surrounded by love but everything else is a blur for me, again something so relatable. I mean this is an incredible piece of poetry. really great work here!

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you Patricia for the kind comment on this poem . This work has great significance to me becaus.. read more
Patricia

1 Month Ago

And she would be honored and proud!
Wonderful thoughts, the feelings are wistful and sensitive, almost as a gentle tear slips from the first line till the last one, I can see many relate to your thoughts but I also see the very personal touch through them, obviously You wrote them from the deep of your heart, maybe trying to heal, to forget the pain. what I really like about this, how You ended it using the word "Pride" reminding yourself and human, from where we came, how we should connect to our essence, how each of us is unique their own way. Thank You for sharing You with us dear Carols.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you for such a caring and thoughtful comment. This was written as a tribute to my grandmother.. read more
lightsong

1 Month Ago

Bless her soul and yours dear Carlos ❤️
We like to say that we're all humans, one family, etc., and it's true, but without some kind of cultural framework it'd be impossible to live a meaningful life. "Culture" explains to the individual his/her origins, values to live by and others to fight against. That is why globalization that erases cultural heritage in the name of profit is often looked upon as undesirable.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

It truly speaks ill of those societies that discourage the culture of others in requiring assimilati.. read more
Beautiful. Especially in a time like ours, it is always nice to stop and appreciate the little joys that make us feel alive the most.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Culture is very important to our art. Especially feel this in my latinX roots. The words I write der.. read more
AmandaRios

1 Month Ago

Yes. You should give my "Kitchen Countertops" a read for strong Latin woman feels. :-)

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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

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