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I Pine

Among a stand of pines I lived my life, blissful in the ignorance of my own fate. Tall and proud, my fellow trees and I stood along a ridge that overlooked a lake - its crystal surface mirroring our beauty. Underneath big sky and seeming to lean against a mountain, we reveled in the gifts of our mother nature. Oftentimes we felt the breath of breezes at our backs and cooling downpours in the summer heat. We saw and heard the scampering of squirrels and rabbits; We watched as deer and other woodland creatures stopped to drink at the clear lake or came to visit us. Birds of many sorts serenaded us both day and night; Crickets, bees and other insects came to see us too. Seasons came and went. Still young, I kept growing on the south fringe of my stand. This winter as new snow glistened on the ground, there came intruders to our happy spot. Wielding axes, two men chopped me down. Now I stand alone, uprooted and separated from my stand. No birds adorn my limbs. Instead I’m wearing garlands of garish gold and big red bulbs are hanging from my arms. No moon or stars of night shine above me, but a silver plastic star is tacked on top my head. I’m suffocated by this too-warm room with blinking lights everywhere around me And myriads of gifts brightly wrapped piled high and pressed against my trunk. No longer one of many, I am one alone And the lovely stand of which I was but one small part has been replaced by an old and rusty stand for Christmas trees, a stand that now contains me, for I no longer stand as one part of a whole. Rootless and wondering what will become of me. . . I pine. Written 9/15/12 for Debbie Guzzi's "Stand" Poetry Contest

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  1. Date: 10/17/2012 6:03:00 PM
    So sorry I missed this one.. Excellent form and poetry. Hugs n luv Michael

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 9:22:00 AM
    Love this one and pine trees were my dad's favorite tree.He planted so many in the yard and the area is full of pine. An excellent poem Andrea. love phyl

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 1:19:00 AM
    Beautiful, and sad- Great job

  1. Date: 9/21/2012 10:20:00 PM
    Soup mail...BG

  1. Date: 9/21/2012 4:31:00 PM
    I feel so torn because l love having a real tree at Christmas, but l now settle for a fake wreath and a bottle of pine scented oil. I do see the beauty of enjoying the pines in their own realm and why your poem garnered a number one spot in Deb's contest. Super job on this one Andrea. Congratulations on your wonderful win!

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 11:02:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Debbie Guzzi's contest Andrea. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 5:39:00 AM
    Great work that probably would fit two contest..Excellent idea for both contest..Good luck ..Reads like a winner to me..It is kind of sad..I was feeling weepy by the end..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 2:37:00 PM
    Hmm..I often have looked on Christmas trees in this context Andrea; A tree brought in to represent life, that is doomed to die in front of the revelers??? ( go figure ) anyway good and to the point write..! best wishes in contest:)

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 8:37:00 AM
    lovely write indeed, my friend - a sure winner

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 4:20:00 AM
    I guess Chris likes this, congrats it is truly a wonderful poem.........

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 10:35:00 PM
    **cont'd** so, there was a female essence to Helal, and King David was the 'Spear' male essence of Helal(triangle pointing up, is the phallus). Anyhoo, it was prophecized that any form of Christianity that gives the Devil the title of Lucifer, is a false Christianity. They believed that the Devil WANTS people to give him the false title of is all part of his plan to lead people astray. Under this belief system, any church that claims the Devil's/Serpent's name to be Lucifer, is a Satanic church unto itself. Interesting, eh!

    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich
    Date: 9/17/2012 11:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    oh my , so much to absorb. You are way over my head with your knowledge on all this ancient stuff!!!
  1. Date: 9/17/2012 10:31:00 PM
    **cont'd** St. Jerome was wrong on both counts. Satan wasn't supposed to be the name for the Christian Devil at all, and the ancients never dreamt of Lucifer being attributed to the Devil. In fact, the early root of Lucem Ferre, is, Helal. In revelations, Yeshua ben Yosef(Jesus Christ)calls himself, Helal/Lucifer; the morning star. King David is also given the title of Lucifer, and according to Hebrew faith, the Star of David's triangle that points down, is symbolic to the womb....

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 10:25:00 PM
    Heya again, Andie-Pandie. I read your comment. Lucem Ferre is obviously Latin for: Lucifer. Lucifer means, 'bringer of light', Morning Star/Venus. The only time Lucifer is actually named in the Bible, is Isaiah 14:12, and it was a reference to charting Venus in the sky during a prophecy of a Babylonian king who was given the title of Satan, for being a vain, boastful, destructive king. St. Jerome later falsely translated the Hebrew, thinking Lucifer was in reference to Satan....

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 8:55:00 PM
    I forget that you are a bit of a tree-hugger. I dig the theme, Andie-Pandie....digging new spots to plant more trees. I have always not been a fan of the 2 billion plus trees that get cut down for Christmas every year. Good on ya. I see you placed -- congratulations!

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 6:22:00 PM
    So glad to see a rich alternate take on the theme and the double entendre! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 2:30:00 PM
    Brilliant! What a touching tale of a pine tree. I too pined for this forlorn pine. :) Tanya

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 2:25:00 PM
    The other side of the Christmas coin, eh, Andrea. People will think twice, now, before they hang that bunch of tinsel. Luck in Debbie's contest. Love, daver

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 2:12:00 PM
    congrats on a great win Andrea

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 10:25:00 AM
    An interesting write.

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 10:21:00 AM
    this is both charming and enchanting in depth and design Andrea .. I felt as if I was there with u luv neath thes pines .. how glorious a read and a natural first place choice luc .. winning wishes for a winning wow wonder ..