by R.G. Trepanier
July 6, 2004
holding its branches
relieved of its burden of snow and ice
barren, ugly, unmovable, plain
existing - on what?
Does it dwell on the past -
remember last year and other years
when it had leaves, fruit, warmth, rain...
when it was so cold that the branches just snapped off
and it just stood there helpless, lifeless?
Does it wish for change?
viewing a whirlwind of activities it can only watch
and not take part in.
seemingly dead, lifeless on the outside
yet a living, growing, complex structure of activity within
waiting for the stimulus
given at the right time
that will cause it to move, strain, grow
and in its excitement turn green at the ends
and dress itself in formal attire as a
celebration of joy! and new life.
Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.
A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.