Laurel Leaves

Laurel Leaves

A Poem by Richard Williams

Strength in survival.


A young and slender maple tree

sprouts from the leafy ground;

a larger tree that lost its grip

now bends the maple down.

No longer does it face the sun

nor eye the night with pride;

it arches back into the earth

and stretches out its side.

The little tree was in the way

when time allowed the fall;

the top is pinned by larger wood,

no longer straight and tall.

The tree, however, summons life:

what's down is dry and dead;

a little tree beset with strife

lives on and bows its head.

© 2013 Richard Williams

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satirical and realistic...really liked this one!

Posted 5 Years Ago

Richard, this is such a delightful poem with such a strong message about life generally, I loved this, the flow and rhyme are wonderful too.

Posted 6 Years Ago

Richard, this is such a beautiful poem. I loved the images this piece had me seeing. That resiliant little maple is a lesson to all of us. Very good. Angi~

Posted 6 Years Ago

Beautifully rhymed and the imagery is fantastic. Thank you for your submission. I'll add a rating after judging. Good luck in my contest:) Pumpkin:D

Posted 8 Years Ago

And those bends in the wood turn into beautiful shapes as the young tree grows...beautiful language...the pains of life are what make us interesting and unique.

Posted 9 Years Ago

A very good poem about the big maple tree... Good luck in the contest...

Posted 9 Years Ago

Wonderful work. There are some beautifully crafted lines in this poem, and of course some wonderfully colourful metaphors for life and new beginnings.

Impressive work. You did very well to keep the structure and the flow of rhyme here.

Posted 9 Years Ago

I love nature especially tree's. I use to spend hours and hours trying to draw trees. I would struggle a lot when I got to the branches and one mistake would make me feel so upset that I would have to start again. The first stanza was eye-catching it had words that stood out and the flow was beautiful making me lost for words. The flow is being carried throughout the poem making the reader feel amazed by the words you have chosen they work so well. I feel like I am outside standing in front of a tree described in the poem. The poem really does take me away.

Posted 9 Years Ago

I love this

Posted 9 Years Ago

Awww! This is simply lovely. The rhyme, the meter, and the content are superb. This is going into my favorites, and I doubt that I have a handful.

100 Roses for you!

Posted 9 Years Ago

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12 Reviews
Shelved in 3 Libraries
Added on July 3, 2010
Last Updated on October 5, 2013
Tags: tree, ground, sun, night, time, wood, life, strife, maple, strength, survival

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