Monday, May 23, 2011

Tree of Hearts


Tree of Hearts

I'd like to be a tall heart tree,
with branches made to bear . . .

strong and firm and heavy-laden,
blessed with fruit to spare.

I'd like to offer nourishment
to all who stand in need

of food and shade and shelter, shaped
from fertile, hope-filled seed.

Sometimes my leaves are green and bright,
my harvest juicy sweet...

but other times, my leaves are dull,
my bounty incomplete.

It's up to me to face the sun
and drink the water clear...

to sink my roots into firm ground
and prosper, year by year.

If I would be a tall heart tree
with branches made to bear,

then I must tend and water well
the earth from which I share.

∞§∞

Will I be someone the Lord can count on
when He needs an extra pair of hands?

only if i am willing to offer them

20 comments:

Mumsy and Company said...

Great advice hidden in the words of this beautiful poem sweet Sue. Hugs

Christine said...

This was so beautiful and each picture grabbed my heart harder with joy.

jen said...

Sue, it's like you're living next door to me and know what I need to hear. Thanks again.

karen said...

Each poem you post is my new favorite. This is something I've been thinking about lately (obviously so have a lot of people!) and it gave me inspiration. Happy Monday!

Ames said...

This one goes deep. It's lovely Sue!~Ames

Brian Miller said...

smiles. i long to be that tree as well...and it is my responsibility to bed to the light...

Lisalulu said...

I love the artwork of the heart trees! (this may be the theme of daughters wedding) Had to re-read the poem again for the REAL message. Thank you

Stacy Crawford said...

I needed this inspiration right now too! Thanks Sue.

Wendy said...

I hope to the hands He needs. I love the imagery from your words from me.

anitamombanita said...

very nice!

Amy said...

As always, you amaze me. :) Lovely.

yaya said...

On Sunday the High Council speaker talked about the parable of the fig tree that bore no fruit..it looked healthy, but no figs..I often wonder if I'm like that tree that seems to have it all together, but the fruit is lacking...your lovely poem reminded me of that...

LeAnn said...

Sue, you have blown me away with another awesome poem. Have you published a book of poetry, if not you should. I marvel at your talents and feel blessed to read and enjoy your writings. I always learn a lot.
Blessings to you!

Fiauna said...

So good! Thank you for sharing.

Darlene said...

LeAnn is right. You just need to get some of these neat poems together and send them to your editor at Deseret Books. It is nice to have all your poetry on your poetry site,but it is better to have an actual book that you can take from room to room to read whenever the mood strikes. Yes, you can always go online and read them, but it just isn't the same. LeAnn isn't the only one that has mentioned this. Many people would love to have such a book. It seems like we are getting a new poem almost daily and I wouldn't be surprised if you have been writing even more. You are very prolific and I am glad you are. I know you don't like it much when I go on about how talented you are, but darn it, I just know this is a book that needs to be published.

Incidentally, I did like the poem. There is a truth there for all of us.

Jocelyn Christensen said...

Wow, that was another great one!

Kristin said...

The trees are adorable and the thoughts inspirational (especially love the heart trees). At this time of year I am loving the trees all around with each beautiful little green leaf!

Kristin

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

This is so fantastic, Sue. I'm gonna share it with Sam when he gets home from school today!

Grandma Honey said...

"only if I am willing to offer them" is right...I've been thinking about this lots lately. I can have the best intentions, but unless I extend myself, it's not going to happen. Beautiful poem.

Karen Mortensen said...

How did I miss this one? Beautiful as always Sue.

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