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From Humble Root
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By Louis Gander
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From Humble Root

A green and fragile leaf, was she

and unimportant she would be.

She was depressed.

For she was small, not very big

attached so lightly to a twig -

so she was blessed.

 

A small and simple twig was he

which held the leaf that waved so free.

He too depressed.

He feared, with wind.  He'd be detached,

yet to a branch, he was attached -

so he was blessed.

 

A small, but stable branch was there

which seemed to bend but didn't care.

It too depressed.

Afraid of wind, its life was grim

and so unlike the larger limb -

yet it was blessed.

 

A large and stable limb it was,

but it, unhappy too because,

it was depressed.

It exercised.  It was a 'hunk'

but wasn't an enormous trunk -

yet it was blessed.

 

A giant of a trunk was it?

It had opinions so unfit.

It too depressed.

It stood unmoved with haughty face

there over root on its own space -

so it was blessed.

 

Now root was happy.  It could sing.

It fed and nourished everything -

up to the leaves.

And it was not presumptuous

when it supplied its sustenance

to all the 'least of these'.

 

That root was humble under sod

and faithful to creation's God -

and it would thrive.

But then wind timbered trunk and tree!

Oh, what had happened?  Could it be

the root's alive...?

 

...to grow another tree, no doubt.

From humble root, a humble sprout.

Do you now see?

Take care then where your faith is at

so you do not end up like that

ol' timbered tree.

 

©2016 louis gander

 


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Submitted: Saturday, July 30, 2016

Last Updated: Saturday, July 30, 2016

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.


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