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The Willow’s Plight


Not nearly strong as it wishes it could be –

wind and storm at whim twist and bend

yet it stands again the storm for all to see

refusing the storms rage it will defend.


The slender short frame not showing all-

rooted firmly its strength does hide inside

faced with such struggle it should simply fall

instead it clings to faith and chooses to abide.


As the seasons change new challenges assail-

choosing to bend instead of break its saving grace

it knows giving way by choice does not mean you fail

in fact the showing of such strength lets all save face.


So the willow new sprung bends yet still remains

though appearing fragile it never gives up its life

and within the soil more grace and strength it gains

in time a proud and stately tree grows out of the strife.


Karen Quinn 2012



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