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Poetry Sunday-Trees


I Am The Tree


Erect I stand, strong of will.

Defying the wind, and all nature can swill.


I cast my eyes to take in the scene,

While all around is washed white and serene.


The strength of my roots and courage in my stance,

Will serve me well in life’s new dance.

© Donna Donabella 2014


I am participating in The Personal Photo Challenge hosted by Donna@Cottage Days and Journeys.  This month’s challenge is called Trees.   I wrote this poem on the first day of my retirement, March 3rd 2014, after over 30 years in public education.  It is a testament to my perseverance and what awaits me now in my new life beginning again.  I hope you enjoy the poem.


I am also joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.


autumn trees


And I am linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  




Special Note:  These trees are from my garden and surrounding my garden.  The views I see every fall when trees are at their finest.


All photos were taken on auto mode and processed in iPhoto (so nothing fancy).  The collage was made in  The last image was taken in black and white on a foggy autumn morning and processed in to add the text and frame.




I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about trees and planting dreams.  Feel free to download the photo and share.




All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.

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  1. November 9, 2014    

    We can learn much from nature, like the trees ~ I like the strength of the roots and courage in the stance ~

    • November 11, 2014    

      I agree Grace and that line was very meaningful to me when i wrote it so I am glad it spoke to you too!

  2. November 9, 2014    

    Nature especially the trees they just give and give.

    • November 11, 2014    

      That’s why I identify with them so much Vandana!

  3. November 9, 2014    

    Beautiful poem and beautiful photos! Thank you for joining in the photo challenge this month. You have some grand specimen trees in your yard. I am particularly fond of the first photo that also includes the moon sliver. All of these are lovely compositions.

    • November 11, 2014    

      The moon shot was captured as I was working in the garden this fall. I love to look around from ground to sky and it paid off with this view. So glad you enjoyed the post Donna. I hope to keep participating in the Challenge…it is a lot of fun!

  4. November 9, 2014    

    A tree definitely symbolizes strength and courage. It stands strong year after year!

    • November 11, 2014    

      A perfect totem for just those reasons Mary!!

  5. November 9, 2014    

    Beautiful trees and a great poem. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a good new week.

    • November 11, 2014    

      I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit with my trees….hoping your week is wonderful!!

  6. November 9, 2014    

    Trees.. I live surrounded by trees.. and they are becoming a part of my life.. some end up warming us on winter nights.. other bless us with their greenery…

    • November 11, 2014    

      Oh Bjorn I love these thoughts….trees indeed give us so much of themselves from beginning to their end.

  7. November 9, 2014    

    Trees…the silent sentinels & epitome of forbearance radiating life force…a fitting ode…

    • November 11, 2014    

      A beautiful thought of a silent sentinel…my trees mean that and more to me. Thank you for these lovely thoughts Sumana!

  8. November 9, 2014    

    Beautiful words and photos! The strength and beauty of trees is always most inspiring.

    • November 11, 2014    

      Thanks Gabriella…inspiring indeed!

  9. November 9, 2014    

    Great poem. A wonderful way to think of trees.

    • November 11, 2014    

      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

  10. November 9, 2014    

    Love the poem. And trees. They anchor my heart, often and often.

    • November 11, 2014    

      Thanks Soosie….it means so much to hear it anchors your heart!

  11. November 9, 2014    

    Sometimes when i do Qigong, I envision my feet as roots going down into the earth, deeper…deeper, until they touch the center. It gives me stability enough to live in the world. Also, sometimes I “see” a tree’s roots as clearly as the branches above the ground and I know that was is visible is only half or less of what is invisible in our world.

    • November 11, 2014    

      A wonderful perception Susie. I also use the tree roots coming from my feet to help anchor me…extending my arms and feeling them as branches helps me breath in the air but still stay focused…amazing isn’t it what trees can give us spiritually!

  12. November 9, 2014    

    Yes, sink those rots deeply and drink in all of the sustenance that the gift of time brings in retirement. I am writing more now than ever in my life before, when work took up so much energy and time.

    • November 11, 2014    

      It is so freeing having time now to do what we love Sherry.

  13. November 9, 2014    

    I love the trees. They have much to teach.

  14. November 9, 2014    

    What a lovely post! Enjoy your Sunday afternoon! Hugs!

    • November 11, 2014    

      Thanks so much! I will pass your hug onto my trees too! 🙂

  15. November 9, 2014    

    A very beautiful poem about very important plants.
    Thank you for sharing!

  16. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    November 9, 2014    

    Lovely autumn trees to accompany your text.
    Miriam liked her card but only time to look at it and shove it in her purse. I hope she remembers it’s there.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • November 11, 2014    

      So glad she loved the card Judith…her email was lovely and your idea perfection!! Thanks again for suggesting it.

  17. November 9, 2014    

    Your note about reirement changed my feelings about the poem from a flip defiance to the sense of brave new world.

    • November 11, 2014    

      I love the idea of flip defiance too Susan!!

  18. November 9, 2014    

    Donna, what a lovely poem to go along with your beautiful tree photos! I hope you have a great week!

  19. November 9, 2014    

    I love your lilting poetry, Donna:)
    Big blessing to your roots, your branches,
    and all of your season:)

    • November 11, 2014    

      That means so much Jennifer…from you who speaks in beautiful prose!!

  20. November 10, 2014    

    Lindas fotos! Parabéns!
    Um abraço!

  21. November 10, 2014    

    I love your blogs and inspiration. Amazing photography!

    • November 11, 2014    

      Oh Sofia how lovely of you to say so…I hope you will stop by often!

  22. ZQ ZQ
    November 10, 2014    


    • November 11, 2014    

      Trees are amazing plants that once gazing on them you can immediately breath in the calmness with them

  23. November 10, 2014    

    Beautiful poetry and accompanying images! I also feel like that tree.

  24. November 10, 2014    

    I really liked this poem, Donna, one of my favorite’s of your work.

    • November 11, 2014    

      Oh Donna that means so much!! Thank you.

  25. November 10, 2014    

    It is a lovely poem. I find trees inspirational.

    • November 11, 2014    

      Thank you Cherie…trees are so amazing!!

  26. November 10, 2014    

    The tree out my bedroom window kept me company during the months of treatment and rehab following my spinal cord lesion…. It was the hope that things would change

    • November 11, 2014    

      Oh Michelle what an incredible image and thought…I feel inspiration in that experience….thanks for sharing!

  27. November 10, 2014    

    The trees look beautiful in their autumn colors!


    • November 11, 2014    

      Thanks Carolyn..amazing what beauty they give us.

  28. November 11, 2014    

    Love ‘the strength in the roots’ and readiness for ‘new dance’ ~ x

    • November 11, 2014    

      Thanks so much for your wonderful words….glad you liked the poem!

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