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         Oh I am but a simple leaf
         withering within the gutter
         one summer of bliss
         now! Just an autumn flutter.

                   For some; destine to fall
                   upon stony ground, a part
                   of life’s infernal gyration.
                   Yet for those that fall
                   within your reach, to live
                   on within your soul!

         While limbs that stretch
         towards the solstice, create
         vivacious veins as channels of hope,
         a pledge of foliation continues
         to endure what spring has
         furnished; autumn expires. 

                   Yes! If we can but learn
                   from nature’s complex simplicity,
                   that life be of a cycle
                   from the seed we are conceived,
                   then let spring be my beginning
                   winter my exultant eve!

         Let our two cultures
         merge as one, the
         decomposed humus
         to become the sustenance;
         our transfusion the
         new beginning.

                   Let us breathe the
                   fragrance of born again;
                   let each slender limb,
                   stout body bear our
                   tenaciousness, each lyrical
                   leaf our life’s blood.

          Let us mollycoddle each
          precious tear that falls from a
          angry sky; dance gracefully
          upon the wind, embrace
          on moonless nights, bathe
           in summer madness.

                   Let us hear the bluebell call,
                   the daffodil pray, the apple
                   blossom bear witness; the
                   clamour of the field mouse
                   the pitapat of the butterfly
                   the silence of lovers in love.

             Let us be sanctuary to the
             symbolic songstress, scuttling
             squirrel, vulgar urchin;
             a fortress for the warrior
             a haven for the pacifist
             an inspiration for the poet!


                  The call of springtime
                   we will invoke,
                     logging representative
                      we will gladly choke;
                        nature’s guardian.
                          “This! Obliging old oak.”

Copyright Harry J Horsman 2000



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  1. Date: 8/17/2014 6:48:00 PM
    according to Soup, this is your VERY best poem!! I would agree. I looked below here and saw I had called it a masterpiece!

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 5:22:00 PM
    Hi Harry...I don't know how long this has been out here but I'm so glad I got a chance to enjoy and absorb its beauty..a masterpiece

  1. Date: 7/14/2013 11:50:00 AM
    A great congrats on your superb win, my sweet friend. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 7/13/2013 6:58:00 PM
    Wow so good! and I loved the staggered verses too! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/13/2013 11:47:00 AM
    Not to blow smoke up----never mind, I am not one for superlatives but this is the BEST!! So glad you reposted and I can fav this now!!

  1. Date: 7/13/2013 3:12:00 AM
    Simply beautiful in a absolutely NOT simple way. Congrats

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 5:39:00 PM
    Oh Henry, congratulations on your outstanding poem. This is definitely a fav of mine. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 10:36:00 AM
    harry, I believe this is one of yours that made it once in Soup's semi finals of their international contest? It is your one of your best poems EVER. Glad to see it honored here again in PD's contest. THE BEST. and I really should have faved it the first time. FAVE.

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 9:44:00 AM
    congrats on a great win Harry

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 6:43:00 AM
    Another magnificent painting with words ..."vivacious veins as channels of hope"... captivating. Congratulations on your win :)

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 1:08:00 AM
    A wonderful poem. Congratulations on your win. The opening stanza is so good. and it keeps giving...SuZ

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 10:54:00 PM
    congrats on your awesome win............. SKAT

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 10:06:00 PM
    I love it Harry, , your poem had me gripped from the first few lines.. i love it, and gave it a #1 in my tree contest... Congratulations, thank you ever so much... I was very happy with all the poems entered in my TREE contest :-). Please enjoy my blog, I sure did... LOL--- always~ Linda

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 10:11:00 PM
    Dear Harry, WOW wish I had a mimiograph machine to print out all the Congratulations 1- Your Win in the "Free Style" contest sponsored by Syed Amaan Ahmad's. 2- a Hearty Congratulations On YOUR POEM "The Old Oak Tree" being Featured and 3- Congratulations on YOUR advancement to the second round of POETRYSOUP's international Contest, whew there is an hour's worth of writing and I haven't said how I feel about this POEM being a Nature man living on a mountain with several Oak tree POEMS of my

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    Date: 3/22/2013 10:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    own. The history of the leaf, Mother Nature's gift to nature for nutrition for even the Mighty Oak' Superb Pen. With LOVE ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Eternal Liege...Harry
  1. Date: 12/18/2012 12:12:00 PM
    I love Oak trees... your poem is beautiful. deep and filled with inspiration. I think you read my oak tree poem... true all above...pd

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 5:10:00 AM
    Has Andy says this is a miniature masterpiece , this is so so good and I can see what you mean by the similarities xx

  1. Date: 8/20/2012 8:58:00 AM
    Wow, Harry!... This poem is chocked full of wisdom and insight obviously coming from a lot of life glad I looked it have a new fan!... Also, thanks so much for your kind comments and support for my poetry...have a great day - Tim

  1. Date: 3/26/2011 10:28:00 PM
    wow , like a mini masterpiece, Harry. Gosh, I have not seen much of you lately.Glad I saw this one made it thru to the finals. Good luck! andrea

  1. Date: 3/9/2011 10:48:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through round one of PoetrySoup's contest. The best to you in the finals Harry. Love Carol

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 5:50:00 PM
    Congrats again Harry. Good luck in the next round. Vince