Unlikely Friends

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I have a friend-

two or three

by mountainside

and roaring sea,

on wooded trails

where I roam

in neighborhoods

some find their home.

Each one holds a certainty,

for me…

that they remain.

There is a comfort knowing

they can be counted on

firmly planted, as

unchanging as history


when displaced,

my heart mourns the loss,

longs to defy


Cringes, at the thought

of progress which thinks

only of convenience

and cold hard cash.

Beauty lost is to be grieved.

I groan with creation.

Some are twisted, some gnarled,

without guarantee

of ground for tomorrow.

I know one lonely Holly Tree

we meet in the wood

no one else does see

but bright red berries

gifts to me

in season



Unlikely friends, I see in trees…

Each cut, mulched, chopped, sawed

from tree, to wood, to  board

still there is an ancient

hidden wisdom beyond ages

 offered lives

 in many pages

Each one an honoree

a hundred rings

just might bring

wealth –

But where is your legacy,

for you my friend

but a tree?

*This afternoon I walked a path I love to travel with my dog, and I have certain trees I look for, their unique shapes often intrigue me. So when Shanyn told me there was a tree prompt tonight at dVerse, I just had to carve out a few words. Plus I miss my friends there! This tree grabbed my attention today. I rather admire its outstretched branches!


22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shortybear
    May 06, 2014 @ 21:22:08

    Really enjoyed this lovely post.


  2. brian miller
    May 06, 2014 @ 21:42:41

    what legacy is there but a tree?
    they earned all hundred of those rings you know
    it does ping my heart when one falls
    they make for wonderful friends…


  3. lynndmorrissey
    May 06, 2014 @ 21:43:55

    Very lovely poem, Dawn. You’re so creative. I’ve always said that trees are your friends! Honestly, when we lost our umbrageous oak, it felt as if we’d lost a friend, and our front lawn has never looked the same. I miss the comforting shade.

    And everyone knows Joyce Kilmer’s favorite tree poem! 🙂

    I think that friendship is certainly a sheltering tree, and am grateful for friends like you to whom the Lord has introduced me online!

    Keep writing!


  4. lynndmorrissey
    May 06, 2014 @ 22:31:51

    What a cool website, Dawn. I wasn’ tfamiliar w/ it. And I see they know the Kilmer poem! =] I’ll have to subscribe. Thanks so much! Can’t believe yours was simply spontaneous. Wonderful!


  5. pandamoniumcat
    May 06, 2014 @ 23:11:30

    I have lots of tree friends…they’re fantastic, so nice there are more of us out there! Lovely words!


  6. lynndiane
    May 06, 2014 @ 23:15:01

    An old apple tree was a friend of mine as a child…now i like to stand under a favorite red oak or touch the bark of our silver birch. Enjoyed your lovely poem, Dawn.


  7. Mother Hen
    May 06, 2014 @ 23:16:53

    My thoughts too have been on trees too these past few days..I will post a pic soon.


  8. claudia
    May 06, 2014 @ 23:46:18

    Each one holds a certainty… i would totally agree with that… there’s something comforting and friendly about trees… love that pic as well.. he looks like he would be ready to embrace someone


  9. lynndmorrissey
    May 07, 2014 @ 00:10:59

    Lynn Diane, whenever I come across your name here and there, I think it is I posting! =]
    from one Lynn Diane to another!


  10. Sherry Blue Sky
    May 07, 2014 @ 00:11:59

    I love your photos and your poem – and especially the comment you left on my site about feeling my poem in your tree bones! cool!


  11. grapeling
    May 07, 2014 @ 01:18:34

    I like how you’ve woven rhyme into this heartfelt pen ~


  12. Lasha
    May 07, 2014 @ 03:24:34

    thats is such a beautiful tree to write about….


  13. Sam
    May 07, 2014 @ 06:24:04



  14. Grace
    May 07, 2014 @ 06:55:51

    I love the ageless beauty and strength of trees like old friends ~ A beautiful post ~


  15. summerstommy2
    May 07, 2014 @ 07:13:58

    lovely Dawn, your love of the trees you see is clearly articulated and very well done.


  16. Sumana Roy
    May 07, 2014 @ 07:59:11

    Beautiful lines which they truly deserve…


  17. Mary
    May 07, 2014 @ 09:55:07

    I like thinking about trees as our friends & about appreciating the individuality of trees. I especially enjoyed the description of your holly tree. It sounds like you and this tree have a special friendship indeed.


  18. Ashley Ditto
    May 07, 2014 @ 10:34:54

    God bless you, sweet friend. For always bringing His light.


  19. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 07, 2014 @ 13:52:35

    Trees are such lovely friends.. I have several.. and I would hate to see them go.. holly tree would be a wonderful acquaintance..


  20. shanyns
    May 07, 2014 @ 17:30:57

    Those tree photos rock, what a great piece to go with them. And to know you KNOW these trees is pretty darn cool my friend.


  21. kelly
    May 07, 2014 @ 20:05:06

    A gorgeous tree for a gorgeous poem, they really can be the best of friends, can’t they?


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