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OLD PINE

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OLD PINE

OLD PINE

This wild forest path happening
So clearly now remains in mind,
Of the many recalled visions
Those many visions front and hind

Before the dark, dense, distant woods - 
And towering so over all -
This superannuated pine,
Last survivor an ancient line,
Of some behemoth, sturdy strain,
So obscure in mythic annals
To having survived without name

Its divided trunk wore the slash
Of Eden’s earth-born lightning flash.
The ground surround yellowed and bare
Sunken by undulant root-flare,
Orbiting crown set in blue sky,
From breathless height, black to the eye.

Quite alone the tree and myself
Nor mole, woodchuck, lingering elf.
From fancy’s overwhelming reach
I swear the tree endowed with speech.
I could but stand still, listening

It’s oft told the charm of silence,
The far and near, perfect alliance,
Thoughts gathering to focal point,
A primal realization,
Once-in-a-lifetime sensation.
Shiver! Swallow, grasp, hold on tight
Truth comes forth, Celestial light!
Spoke that gargantuan old pine,
“Long before Adam was life mine.
Why? - without question by our kind.
Enough that we were given birth
That HE saw fit to favor Earth.

But, with man, the question arose
Why? – always answered, no one knows
Is Earth the way to Paradise?
We have heard that eternal shout –
‘Tell us, Lord, what it’s all about.
Oh, why all this struggle and strife?’
“And HE said,”  ‘it’s all about life.’

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  1. Date: 8/14/2012 3:24:00 PM
    A profound write, Daver! You've gathered quite an abundance of knowledge from this "Old Pine". Still with knowledge we might have more questions. "stuggle and stife?, "it's all about life", can make you appreciate its beauty all the more. Best wishes, Love, Mikki

  1. Date: 8/13/2012 7:42:00 PM
    this is an amazing one, DAver. One of your best ever!!!

  1. Date: 8/13/2012 5:17:00 AM
    I like it Daver! jmg

  1. Date: 8/12/2012 7:53:00 AM
    I recognize this from another time and place Dave, the monumental strength I find inthis enigmatic tale of a tree speaks to me in a powerful way. Love, Elizabeth

  1. Date: 8/11/2012 4:58:00 PM
    a very serene discourse and thought inspiring write Daver; really good to read you as always.."

  1. Date: 8/10/2012 3:20:00 PM
    An amazing poem -very philosophic. I adore it. Thanks for congratulating me for my poem The Old Age. About your comments, who knows better at 83 I am only 74 and much junior to you. Regards. -Mohammad