As Though My Kin

I sit beneath this giant tree
That graces our backyard,
And stare up into branches
That reach forever far

Her rings and I, we match in age
Both planted at a time,
When simple was a way of life
And kindness filled the mind

I love this tree as though my kin
Her maple leaves my shade,
Protecting from the sun and heat
While in the breeze they wave

I dream of climbing up again
The way a young girl did,
Supported by her mighty strength
From enemies I hid

I envy now the squirrels and birds
Who reach the highest branch,
Up through the many byways
That big girls simply can’t

Instead I sit and listen close
While in the wind she sings,
And echo back “I’m grateful for
The peace my soul you bring.”

~ Leana Delle
Sunday, July 7, 2019
2019 Sunday Poetry Challenge – Number twenty-six of fifty-two
Photo Credit: Hayley Seibel


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  1. That is so lovely! Thank you! I will look for for your special tree the next time I’m by.

    • If you’re looking at the house, it’s in the back behind the deck. Walk in and look up into it! It’s amazing. Just tell dad I sent you. 🙂

  2. Leanna, that was so beautifully written!. ❤

  3. Lynda Bristow

    July 8, 2019 — 2:38 am

    Love it, and so relatable ❤️

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