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In the Shadow of Pines

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In the Shadow of Pines

Pine cones give up everything they have,.. occasionally, leaving behind a tree
Which leads to more cones and more trees, ..coming,..going, then growing again....

I wake up in this fine old house, where at times,  I can almost believe again
that morning sun is still the same,  as it filters through the lodge pole pines

The sound of laughter will rise again, just as chatter of the squirrels has not dimmed

O' grief,    .......... you've brought disruption on us all!

Fire brings disaster, and in its wake, are burnt-out hulls
of lupine and lodge pole pine cones that will come alive.

They seed the wilderness again.

The pine cone seems to disappear, but is eternal.
For now, it rains devastation and disruption, with times to climb...with times to fall...

and eventually, a time to rise again.

Now comes cold reflection, but then, ... here comes sunlight

Sun, sun, sun, and I say.....it's all right



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  1. Date: 10/2/2013 5:19:00 AM
    Carrie....last line reminds me of one of my favorite Beatles songs.....calms me....I like the association with my Minnesota North Woods...I like is the word! love, jimbo

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 2:56:00 AM
    Lovely work my friend. Raise that chin up now.

  1. Date: 9/26/2013 8:40:00 AM
    A well written poem. it is sad that they disappear, but there is always hope. We should never lose hope. Good luck in the contest..... Lucilla

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 5:17:00 AM
    Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy, Carrie. Nice inner expressions

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 12:28:00 AM
    and in the end you show the hope with the sun. very nicely done!!

  1. Date: 9/23/2013 7:42:00 PM
    a wonderful poem, carrie, with such an uplifting ending. i hope this places high in the contest...