Monday, 23 February 2009

From The Prompt Corner....

Thanks to Angie Ledbetter, who prompted me to write a poem inspired by the word 'Heartwood' as well as David Mcmahon who was kind enough to mention my post of that name this morning, I shall let you see the resulting lines, and keep waffle to a minimum today as I await the Tree Surgeon's visit to reduce my poor tree to chippings.

The Heart Of Heartwood

Heartwood, despite death,
continues as an itegral part
of the growing, living tree.


Dark with age, it provides
a strong core to support
new, young sapwood.

Families provide
a similar central nucleus
for children as they grow
to maturity around them.

We lightly use the term
'Family Tree' and talk of
'returning to our roots';
maybe a more apt simile
than we ever imagined.


13 comments:

  1. Thoughtful Jinksy...your tree has had its impact...

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  2. I agree with B raja: very thoughtful - and thought-provoking, too.

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  3. Congratulations on your well-deserved nomination for Post of the Day!
    And very thoughtful poem indeed ;-)
    Hugs xx

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  4. You are so unblieveably talented it's amazing and breathtaking all at the same time. You deserve every mention and award you get. jenni

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  5. Ah, don't look while your tree is being done. Remember it as it was.

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  6. We lightly use the term
    'Family Tree' and talk of
    'returning to our roots';
    maybe a more apt simile
    than we ever imagined.

    all sumed up here....felt it deep inside....u disturbed my mental equilibrium, i am in deep thoughts

    Liked it a lot, thanks a lot for sharing
    Good day
    Regards

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  7. I recall seeing trees cut down to the stump with new branches coming out. Your thought about the family tree is very good.

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  8. That was quite lovely! Thanks for coming by and visiting my 365 blog!

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  9. Congrats on the much deserved award from David, Jinksy - At least you're getting to keep your chippings, which is something - Sorry you are losing your tree x

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  11. Very thought provoking poem, Jinksy!Thank you.

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  12. Did the tree surgeon arrive on time and did it cost an arm and a leg to have it removed?

    We have a tree in our front yard, we're afraid we're going to have to have it removed this Spring. Roots will cause the sidewalk and driveway to rise up and crack. We just had both replaced several years ago. Don't want that expense again.

    So that means the tree will go. It gives very little shade, but it is a place for turtle Doves to set on the branches and when car is parked in the driveway, they dirty all over it. It's called a Sunburst Locust. In the Spring these small buds fall off and if it rains before they are swept up, it looks like someone has put bran bud (cereal) all over the drive way. In the Fall it drops these tiny leaves, that are tracked in all winter. In other words it's a dirty tree.

    We have a small weeping crab apple tree on the other side, it has pretty flowers in the Spring, and during the summer, the limbs hang down like it's weeping and the leaves are nice and green. It is not messy, so perhaps we can plant another in the spot of the Sunburst Locust.

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