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Old Red Maple

Too long since smooth sapling skin
bent supple with the slightest breeze;
now stretched, fissured and furrowed,
bored, burned and bent,
sliced, scarred and carved, yet
I have lived wonderfully and fully.

Old limbs that once swung
a laughing child and sheltered
more than one forbidden kiss;
... the only witness to many lonely tears
and, at least as many hopeful prayers.

Why pensive then, when so many
would wish my fate?

Perhaps those melancholy desires
for what was, when I stood not
quite as tall, when many
proud elders surrounded me, 
wise and strong but now gone.

I will soon join them but
today a robin tickles my crown
... a home for one more brood,
and October will find one last shout
of crimson beauty ... I am still proud.

Written August 23. 2015
Inspired by Charlotte's Personify a Tree Contest

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  1. Date: 8/27/2015 4:41:00 PM

    I love the last stanza. Simple pleasures can still be enjoyed in the winter of one's life, if one let's them
  1. Date: 8/26/2015 4:50:00 PM

    This is an excellent and another well written poem... Good luck with the contest.
  1. Date: 8/26/2015 1:30:00 PM

    Reading this, one gets the feel of how it is to be James today. :-). It's a study of the person behind the pen while not fully departing from the subject. Impressive personification! About the Sukiyaki...what else can I say? You know how I feel:-) Way to go, C...er James! :-)
  1. Date: 8/25/2015 4:58:00 PM

    Secondly, I know how you had to wait to get enough entries to your difficult contest, but how could I resist to write lyrics for you? You pick the most fantastic and beautiful pieces of music..and I'm so addicted to taking a stab at these lyric contests! I can't tell you how much I enjoy doing them, ...I thank you so much, and making the time spent, resulting in an even better reward. I'm so honored. Truly !! Thanks for the encouragement!
  1. Date: 8/25/2015 4:54:00 PM

    First of all, your poem comes first....because it comes with the excellence I've learned to expect from you. As pensive as the tree, is old, and as gentle as the leaf that falls softly ... This is a beauty, Craig...(James). I agree with Jan, Charlotte is getting the best entries, it will be a task to judge. So much feeling in this one. truly lovely !
  1. Date: 8/25/2015 2:29:00 PM

    This truly beautiful , I also wrote my personification on a maple tree A7 and I want to thank you for my wonderful placement in your contest, I am very honored
  1. Date: 8/24/2015 12:08:00 AM

    great write James , one of the best i have read , good luck for the contest ...Ian
  1. Date: 8/23/2015 5:39:00 PM

    Very lovely, James, and GREAT personification! Best wishes in the contest. L&H, catie :)
  1. Date: 8/23/2015 4:19:00 PM

    wonderful personification Charlotte is going to have a tough contest to judge:-) hugs Jan xx 7

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