Sorrow Tree

Oct 27, 2014

Si Griffith_Wikimedia Commons_Raindrop_On_A_Shrub_UKLike a tree spills sap,
I spill sorrow.
My leaves, mussed
by erratic, unknowable winds,
grow studded with crystalline
droplets of rain
until the weight of it
is too much for
even the branch
to bear.
Until, one by one,
each leaf drops,
each tear falls – watering
the roots that ripple
like a river atop
the parched ground
beneath –  and I grow.


And, so, with patient praise,
I rise skyward,
awaiting that inevitable moment
when, at last, once again,
the sun’s breath
covers my leaves.




Copyright © Sorrow Tree (2014), Jenine Baines

Photo, top right: By Si Griffiths, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Photo, above: By James Petts from London, England, CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons



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