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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Great Oak

Great Oak

Ancient, yet steeped in wisdom;
Massive, yet enlightening;
Never tired of growing or vexed by seasons,
You stand glorious in summer;
Monumental in winter.

And as you overlook your forest
With sagacious governance,
They all defer to you - dependence in hand:
Children of the undergrowth;
Arboreal underlings.

Veneration earned, you now command
The awe that few can.

Ever graceful, your evangelistic branches
Cast their serene shadow
Of reassuring calm.

Mark R Slaughter


  1. This one reminds me of my grandfather, God rest his soul. He always used to tell me about the majesty of the oaks... :) Beautiful B.

  2. Hey YOU! Dats my picture. You did good.

  3. Giulia, I have always loved huge, gnarly oak trees. As a child, I climbed many of them. There's just something about them that draws me to them.

    Zoey, I didn't know where I had originally gotten the photo, I've had it a long time! I'm glad you like what I did with it! :)

  4. I too love big ancient trees - reassuring calm indeed :-) you've made a great image to go with it.

  5. ancient trees are so lovely, so much history there, if only they could speak...........

  6. So true Neva! Thank you! :)

  7. Wow, what a striking image! That's just beautiful!

  8. Oaks are majestic trees aren't they, I really like Mark Slaughter's poetry. A great choice as always Barbara.

  9. Beautiful poem and image as well. I love oaks and thei majestic, ancient look !!

  10. Thank you so much Montucky! :)

    Thank you, Kate. Mark's poetry is intriguing.

    Thank you Blues. They are a favorite of mine, too!

  11. I would love to have a home right in the middle of such an orchard of Oak Trees.

  12. Preston, I would love to do the same! Thank you! :)

  13. This one is outstanding, I love nature.
    Hey, thanks for visiting my site, since school let out I miss the feedback I got from my students. Although they didn't write comments at the end of the semester, I got instant feedback in the classroom, which can be exciting and brutal at the same time. If they didn't like something they let me know right away.

  14. Hi Doug! Glad to see you here!!!
    My feedback is probably mere drivel compared to your students! But, I enjoy commenting on things I like!
    Thank you for the visit! :)


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