Poetry Friday: Not Yet

This morning I woke unsure about what day it was. When I was teaching full time, I often woke on the less structured days of summer unsure about the day. Now I have no excuse. I was delighted to remember it was Friday – Poetry Friday, until I realized I had no poem waiting to post. Or did I?

There’s a lovely cherry tree out back that has been a constant companion during our forty-three years in this house. It’s been a source of slices and poems many times over the years. This week, for no particular reason, a large limb split and bowed low, like it was just too tired to stay upright any longer. Usually that happens during a storm, but there was no storm, no wind. The first thing I worried about was losing the tree completely. But my husband took out his chainsaw, reshaped one side, and assured me my friend wasn’t done yet. I’m hoping for many more years through the seasons with this gentle giant.

Not Yet

The tree is a peaceful giant—
a burst of beautiful blossoms,
a home to birds and squirrels,
a vision in gold,
a bare-branched wonder.
From time to time limbs split,
give up the fight to stay connected,
reshape my old friend
who is not ready to give up completely.

Laura Shovan has the link for today’s Poetry Friday here. Thanks for hosting, Laura!

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13 Responses to Poetry Friday: Not Yet

  1. margaretsmn says:

    There is so much comfort in trees. The loss of a limb turned into a poem today. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Denise Krebs says:

    Rose, I’m so glad your old friend is hanging in there. “peaceful giant” “burst of beautiful blossoms” “reshape my old friend” — So many lovely lines help us see the specialness of this tree. (A tree as a home to birds and squirrels was in another poem today by Elisabeth.)

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  3. I’m so glad you were able to save your tree, Rose. We have a sick tree in our yard. I hate to take it down. It has a fungus, but keeps sending out new leaves. Like your cherry tree, our crabapple is not ready to give up completely.

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  4. Mitchell Linda says:

    What a lovely ending. As I age, the trees become closer friends. A 43 year friendship is to be treasured. I’m so glad you are able to continue it. Re-shaped is OK. What a lovely thought to lead to this post.

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  5. This poem is ‘rooted’ in a strong and enduring connection Rose. It is evident in your preamble and in your poetic response. The notion of ‘not yet’ has wide applicability, even a cherry tree that has been a constant in your life. Thank you for the poem, the back story and the timely reminder.

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  6. O Rose, this eloquent poem of your longtime cherry tree friend speaks to me also as metaphor for the various ages of a person on their life path. I have health issues this summer & so I feel grateful to be visiting your page at this moment & taking an idea from your poem for my situation.

    [local nature note – My hubby & I allowed a dogwood with advanced dis-ease to stand long years by our front door, until we watched winds of a tropical storm take it down because our neighborhood is liked by pileated woodpeckers who seek out dead trees on their food hunts. We grieved the loss of our Woodpecker Tree.]

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    • rosecappelli says:

      Thank you mentioning the poem as a metaphor for aging. I didn’t consciously intend to write it like that, but when I reread it, I saw it also. Guess it was part of my subconscious and what I am feeling. I hope your health issues resolve.


  7. maryleehahn says:

    Maybe there’s something in this tree and your poem about “pruning” ourselves. Allowing the dead wood or the heavy branch to fall. Reshaping ourselves as time goes on.

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  8. Elisabeth says:

    How wonderful that your husband was able to reshape the tree. I’m eagerly awaiting the first cherries to come to the market – anticipating cherry pie.

    A thoughtful poem, and I enjoyed the insights and thoughtful comments as well. Thanks for sharing this.

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  9. Rose,
    We too have cherry trees that have inspired my writing. Your poem is a wonderful tribute to a dear, old friend. I hope you have many more years of enjoyment with this tree! Thanks for sharing your impromptu thoughts! It is a gorgeous poem!

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  10. janicescully says:

    A sweet poem to a loyal friend, a “peaceful giant.” I wish it many more years in your yard.

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  11. mbhmaine says:

    This is a lovely poem, Rose, and I agree with Elisabeth that the comment thread here adds to its enjoyment. I’m thankful your tree is still standing and that you’ll have more years of enjoyment to come. Thanks also for sharing your process here. I love that inside peek!

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