considering trees


Photo: V. Slotto

Photo: V. Slotto

sometimes i am stuck
in the mind-skin of the child i used to be
when i’d climb my pepper tree
to hide from all
that i was not,
would never be.

this morning i awoke,
sun glancing through full branches
of my pear tree,
reminding me that love
is quite enough

and that whatever this day brings,
whatever the years may hand me,
i shall always find a tree.

Written for Marina Sofia’s prompt for dVerse Poetics in response to the question: “Describe a morning when you awoke without fear.” I also had in mind an earlier  prompt of Shanyn’s that I was unable to write to. 

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33 thoughts on “considering trees

  1. There is something magical about trees.

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  2. kathy reed says:

    To be in a pear or pepper tree would mean you have sturdy footing, and whatever happens you can hideaway like you did as a child in that safe knowledge that you are quite secure in knowing you can return whenever need be. Like much

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  3. beautiful write, Victoria. I did that a lot when I was younger; my best friend would be with me, and we’d sit in the tree and play gameboy all day.

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  4. MarinaSofia says:

    That is so, so sweet and lovable and beautiful, Victoria, thank you for such a great response to the prompt!

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  5. Gabriella says:

    I guess we are all the kids we used to be as well as the adults we are now. And I like the idea of still finding trees as we grow older.

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  6. scotthastiepoet says:

    Marvellous Victoria, feel so much warmth and joy in this piece and I reckon an interesting synchronicity too in the way we both interpreted Marina’s excellent prompt… With Best Wishes Scott

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  7. I can totally relate – it’s what poetry is all about

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  8. wolfsrosebud says:

    so loved the use of a tree’s image here

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  9. Sumana Roy says:

    i love trees…our silent companions and listeners…love your lines…..
    specially the close.. 🙂

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  10. I had a cherry tree I climbed, taking a book with me and reading the afternoon away. Lovely poem and lovely ending.

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  11. Rallentanda says:

    Grounding..in touch with what matters !

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  12. ayala says:

    I love trees and I love this 🙂

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  13. kaykuala says:

    whatever the years may hand me,
    i shall always find a tree

    One always must be prepared for eventualities. Very true Victoria!

    Hank

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  14. Love is enough is certainly a lovely way to end and begin…beautifully said!

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  15. I love this – trees are so important to me. And the vestiges of childhood in this old crone make me look in longing at a good climbable tree!

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  16. Love is quite enough. Good things that pear-trees speak the truth.

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  17. claudia says:

    i have a pear tree in my garden as well…and i love the little reminder that love is quite enough…and comfort that it brings…

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  18. Lovely Victoria, I so agree finding that tree is so comforting.

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  19. lynndiane says:

    Yes, love (and a pear tree) is quite enough…i like how you “grafted” the prompts together 🙂

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  20. Very beautiful. I always will, too.

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  21. Laurie Kolp says:

    I love the ending, Victoria!!!

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  22. biggerthanalasagna says:

    Trees are so loyal. I love that you are able to find a special tree for the little Victoria.

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  23. billgncs says:

    that kernel of a child never leaves us does it? Thank you for reminding me to nurture mine.

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  24. rmp says:

    I like the idea of having a tree to escape into. never was one for climbing trees myself.

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  25. It really is true that love is enough ..as i surely see it now..living without the physiological..heartful..and spiritual ability to give it OR received it for over 5 years as such..

    Love is life..either given or received..

    Anything else reeks of death to me..

    Even in youthful life contrary..to what can be life

    with Sacred Love..

    instead of dead soul existence at any age…

    Love does have roots..of tree..of life…
    anything else topples and falls..
    again..as far as i see..

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  26. Grace says:

    I like the gratitude & positive reflection on one’s journey ~ I love that ending, to always find a tree ~

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  27. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Lately I have a quiet corner of a bend in a nearby river, next to a farmer’s field, nestled in fir & scrub oak, where I meditate, and shape the fresh love-clay into another day, another journey; love your trees.

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  28. Linda M says:

    I love trees, and so many are in bloom right now! Yes, there must be love in there, indeed.

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  29. Mary says:

    Thankfully there are different trees for different seasons of life…..and they are never really far away!

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  30. brian miller says:

    love is quite enough, indeed
    what a comforting thought to wake to
    that you will always find a tree
    made me smile as well.

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  31. Susan says:

    I agree, having a tree is essential–even if a public or fantasy one–and especially if what used to be a hiding place is now a friend.

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  32. reminding me that love is quite enough – wonderful, Victoria, love that you will always find a tree – K

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