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the house by the tree

There was a happy couple I once knew 
who had a small house where a big oak grew.

'Twas a giant oak with limbs big and strong,
down near the coast where the moss hangs long.
What fun! There were swings in the oak so tall!
Swings for the grown folks and swings for the small!

The tree was a mansion, its moss chandeliers.
And on cool evenings throughout the years,
they had parties under that big old oak.
There was seafood, music, laughter, and jokes.

What a happy scene, the house and the tree.
But something in this world won’t let things be.
Experts were summoned, ‘cause the tree was sick.
They tried each remedy.   None did the trick.

The oak that once stood so stout and tall
was taken down, the moss, swings, and all.
That mansion of a tree is now long gone,
and the little white house stands alone.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 11/6/2019 4:22:00 PM
Wonderful a FAV for me
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Date: 11/6/2019 10:31:00 PM
Thank you so much for the Fav Timothy! So glad you enjoyed this one. :)
Date: 11/5/2019 9:43:00 AM
Nice one P.S., there's a thing about houses and trees that connects poets. This has great imagery and insightful thought. Well done!
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Date: 11/5/2019 11:28:00 AM
thank you so much :)
Date: 11/4/2019 10:20:00 PM
great poem penned//
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Date: 11/5/2019 12:50:00 AM
Thank you Mahtab. This poem is about a very special family and wonderful memories :)
Date: 12/13/2018 4:48:00 PM
You paint such vivid images with your words. Beautiful moments shared, and memories made. A touch of sadness too. Your thoughts curl softly around me. Congratulations P.S. AWTRY, on this win. ~ Brandy
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Date: 1/5/2019 1:43:00 AM
Thank you, Brandy :)
Date: 12/12/2018 6:21:00 PM
Congratulations on your win p.s.
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Date: 12/14/2018 4:00:00 PM
Thank you Wren
Date: 12/12/2018 3:32:00 PM
aww PS I was so sad to read the final stanza but those precious memories of the tree will always remain:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 12/14/2018 3:59:00 PM
Thank you, Jan :)
Date: 12/12/2018 5:31:00 AM
I love the way you describe all the activities you remember that made this tree special, P.S. Sad at the end to hear it is no longer there. Congratulations on your win! There were many terrific entries, including yours. Thank you for participating in the contest. Best wishes, Carolyn
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Date: 12/12/2018 8:24:00 AM
Thank you, Carolyn for sponsoring this contest and for your encouraging comments. I look forward to reading the entries :)
Date: 11/14/2018 2:52:00 PM
Wow it sounds like a such a special place with fun times and memories. So sad, the tree was taken down. Well written ! I can see it and feel it :)
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Date: 11/14/2018 4:59:00 PM
Thank you Heidi :)
Date: 10/30/2018 10:02:00 PM
It's a sad one and I really like this poem. My walnut tree I had such high hopes for has died. WEll, it is on its fourth year and bore only one walnut. last year had seven on it and noticed the leaves were mottled. I wonder if I can save it come spring. anyway, I really relate to this poem. hate seeing trees die.
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Date: 10/30/2018 10:19:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea.
Date: 10/30/2018 10:31:00 AM
I sit in my hammock under some old trees. They make great gathering places for humans. P.s. great poem.
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Date: 10/30/2018 10:45:00 AM
Thank you, Wren. I do not have a decent tree for a couple of miles from me. There are some nice ones in a nearby park and I am grateful for them.
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Date: 10/30/2018 10:45:00 AM
a tree with a hammock, that makes you a rich man :)
Date: 10/30/2018 1:15:00 AM
"The tree was a mansion, its moss chandeliers." - what a terrific word sentence. It instantly transforms the oak into something magnificent. The ending is rather sad, and I hope un-true. I love trees!
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Date: 10/30/2018 8:03:00 AM
thank you, Caren. I love trees too.
Date: 10/29/2018 3:43:00 PM
Very well rendered my friend...if for a contest, its ready for a win...love & light...^WW^
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Date: 10/29/2018 4:44:00 PM
Thank you, WW. No contest. Just one I had to write :)