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An Ancient Oak

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An Ancient Oak

An oak tree stood beside a narrow stream
All bent and twisted like an agéd man
So gently flowed the stream through ancient roots
While laughing with the innocence of youth

In summertime the children came to play
Within the cooling water of the stream
Or rest beneath the gnarled oak tree's limbs
Spread, father-like, to shade them from the sun

In autumntime, when gusts and breezes blow
The leaves would float like dancers through the air
First here, then there, they softly tripped, until
They lit at last to grace the frozen ground

In wintertime, the sprightly youths would skate
Along the crystal surface of the stream
Above, the windswept branches firmly stood
Like blacksmiths' limbs are hardened from the forge 

In springtime burst the oak leaves forth anew
As kingly robes they grace the ancient tree
Inside its keep the squirrels and thrushes chirp
Secure from danger's threat and free from care

Time sped, its unrelenting chimes yet tolled
The youths that loved its shade have passed away
Yet still he laughs and seems to mock at time
He stands as stout and tall as ages past

But time, its current flows at even pace
And now the oak is bent with cruel decay
Though doubled at the back like aging man
He stands there yet, a monument of strength


~ Written for "Personification" Contest. Second Place.

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 11:36:00 AM

    Hello..tnls for the idea of switchling Mr I. When ever you.have time read my cowboy haiku.You were the inspiration to that :) From thursday in not hgoing to be here for ten days but i ll get to your poetry and others after :).tnks for stopping by.

  1. Date: 3/2/2013 5:06:00 PM

    I don't know which contest you won, Isaiah, but I really like this poem as a great example of iambic pentameter, in addition to the content itself, which is outstanding.

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 3:51:00 PM

    Isaiah, belated congrats on this wonderful poem being in the winner's circle! Your poem makes it very clear what a talented poet you are. I loved how you honor the Oak with recognition of its soul as you take us through its seasons. What a beautiful gift this poem is! Another keeper in fav's!

  1. Date: 2/4/2013 2:05:00 AM

    Ow that ancient oak with stories of seasons to hold..Just besutiful

  1. Date: 1/19/2013 3:18:00 PM

    lovely words Isaiah....Seren

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 11:23:00 AM

    Love it ,,,, so gentle and charming,,,, you have a blessed day Isaiah ;}

  1. Date: 1/9/2013 11:44:00 AM

    You gave life to a tree.........and made us feel the passing years under the shade, and seasons. Lovely poem!

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 1:08:00 PM

    I lvoe your poem, the oak is a wondrous living being. I have heard of one in England that is 800 years old. I can picture your pleasant stream and children playing there.

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 6:18:00 PM

    What a fine write, trees are an endless source of wonder.. congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 11:47:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win Isaiah. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 8:08:00 AM

    Many congratulations on your win, Isaiah! love and hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 2:54:00 AM

    Isaiah congrats on your win, excellent write...David

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 12:39:00 AM

    Congratulations on your winning spot Isaiah xx

  1. Date: 12/12/2012 10:00:00 PM

    Congrats Isaiah, ......Seren

  1. Date: 12/12/2012 7:45:00 PM

    Embedded within the rings of this mighty oak are stories of life, that pass it by. In time Mother Nature will allow the spirit of these memories to pass on to siblings that it spawns. They too shall add to Her chronicles. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 12/12/2012 6:51:00 PM

    You have given this tree a life, and we have been witness to all its many seasons. Lovely work!! Congratulations!

  1. Date: 12/6/2012 6:47:00 PM

    :-)..pd