Plea for advice

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Helter-skelter bark o’er limbs entwined
Twisting up, around and down to ground.
Memories of life and death enshrined
In branches, trunk, roots; barely a sound.

Majestic earthbound spirit of tree
Do me the honour, share thy stories.
I make this humble request of thee,
Let me now learn from past glories.

Hold me in thy rugged embrace here
To share wisdom and be enlightened.
Can we commune on life, death and fear,
Nature’s cycles and of peace strengthened?

Of man’s selfishness now and of old;
Magic talismans of power sought;
In keeping Earth’s balance be told,
The twists and turns of battles fought?

In struggles between darkness and light
Is there a part for me in this plight?
How can I help to make it alright?
What’s required to ensure future bright?

(c) Robert Jones 2014 All Rights Reserved

9 thoughts on “Plea for advice

  1. Beautiful image Robert. What an incredible tree and the poem you have woven around it, like the very twists in the trunk itself, is such a moving expression of our deep relationship to nature. Thank you.

  2. Wow … what a beautifully existential exploration, and it magically entwined with the true. I do not, of course, have answers for such deep quandaries … I fret for hours over which of my two dry cleaners to use … but I love it. Excellent, Robert !

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