Untitled

Poem by Sarah Burns, ’16.

Winner of Poetry Contest 2013.

A tree is a two-parted being,

Not only the fellow we see,

For he, just like us,

Has an innermost self;

In secret, yet wondrously free.

This hidden existence is led with one goal,

With one driving force and one passion—

Just as above

His limbs reach for the sky,

He strives below in the same fashion.

But, perhaps unlike us, his more practical side

Is the side he keeps sheltered from sight–

Below he seeks life-giving

Watery streams;

Above, an unreachable light.

The rigid horizon—a rift through his heart—

It binds him to chasing two lovers.

The first greets him quickly,

The other remains.

Above him, indifferent, she hovers.

But should he forsake unattainable bliss,

Much joy would be lost for us too;

The blueness above,

Not the blueness below,

Is what beckons such life to our view.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: