Picture taken by my friend Cyndi Leos....thank you Cyndi.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Magpie # 188: A Tree on a Hill...

Mark A. Haley 2010 photo

Photo prompt presented by Tess Kincaid 
Poetry challenge by Magpie Tales

standing mid-ascent 
the sky reflects my mood
the impaled tree in the distance
stands alone, plowed through and indifferent

a huge, abandoned, empty water main pipe
indiscriminately dropped, splitting the tree
which simply adapted and grew around it
teaches lessons in it's silence

the open meadow is dry
over baked by the sun
many dying from lack of rain
it crunches beneath my feet

were these stone steps
laid to hush the sounds of loneliness?
so pilgrimages could be made
to the solitude of sitting beneath a tree?

the wind always finds me
on this hill of pondering thought
taunting me with wind whispers
or yelling with rumbling thunder

the effort is always rewarded
if nothing more 
than the example of determination
and steadfastness

the view gives insight
much appreciated 
by a familiar friend
even if it is a tree on a hill...

10-1-13 ©dkb 


Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Trees on hills can make for great guideposts. Well done!

Kerin said...

Beautiful job! You really know how to paint a picture with words! I could have imagined the same picture, just with the poem :)

Have a wonderful week!

Tess Kincaid said...

I especially like the stanza about the wind...nice...