Poetry Sunday-Trees


I Am The Tree


Erect I stand, strong of will.

Defying the wind, and all nature can swill.


I cast my eyes to take in the scene,

While all around is washed white and serene.


The strength of my roots and courage in my stance,

Will serve me well in life’s new dance.

© Donna Donabella 2014


I am participating in The Personal Photo Challenge hosted by Donna@Cottage Days and Journeys.  This month’s challenge is called Trees.   I wrote this poem on the first day of my retirement, March 3rd 2014, after over 30 years in public education.  It is a testament to my perseverance and what awaits me now in my new life beginning again.  I hope you enjoy the poem.


I am also joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.


autumn trees


And I am linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  




Special Note:  These trees are from my garden and surrounding my garden.  The views I see every fall when trees are at their finest.


All photos were taken on auto mode and processed in iPhoto (so nothing fancy).  The collage was made in Fotor.com.  The last image was taken in black and white on a foggy autumn morning and processed in PicMonkey.com to add the text and frame.




I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about trees and planting dreams.  Feel free to download the photo and share.




All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.

56 Replies to “Poetry Sunday-Trees”

  1. Beautiful poem and beautiful photos! Thank you for joining in the photo challenge this month. You have some grand specimen trees in your yard. I am particularly fond of the first photo that also includes the moon sliver. All of these are lovely compositions.

    1. The moon shot was captured as I was working in the garden this fall. I love to look around from ground to sky and it paid off with this view. So glad you enjoyed the post Donna. I hope to keep participating in the Challenge…it is a lot of fun!

  2. Trees.. I live surrounded by trees.. and they are becoming a part of my life.. some end up warming us on winter nights.. other bless us with their greenery…

  3. Sometimes when i do Qigong, I envision my feet as roots going down into the earth, deeper…deeper, until they touch the center. It gives me stability enough to live in the world. Also, sometimes I “see” a tree’s roots as clearly as the branches above the ground and I know that was is visible is only half or less of what is invisible in our world.

    1. A wonderful perception Susie. I also use the tree roots coming from my feet to help anchor me…extending my arms and feeling them as branches helps me breath in the air but still stay focused…amazing isn’t it what trees can give us spiritually!

  4. Yes, sink those rots deeply and drink in all of the sustenance that the gift of time brings in retirement. I am writing more now than ever in my life before, when work took up so much energy and time.

  5. Lovely autumn trees to accompany your text.
    Miriam liked her card but only time to look at it and shove it in her purse. I hope she remembers it’s there.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  6. The tree out my bedroom window kept me company during the months of treatment and rehab following my spinal cord lesion…. It was the hope that things would change

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