Treasure Island

David Wood

(07 April 1950 / London)

Cherry Tree


Cherry blossom fell like confetti
In the wind, but there was no bride
Or groom only a pair of robins
On the grass beneath the cherry tree.

A winding path led to a church once
Full now empty; redundant in a society
Trying to survive on pay day loans
To pay absent landlords.

The cherry tree had seen a different
Time, a time when the church was full
And people sat beneath it, a time
When the world smiled.

Now the world just turned and groaned
But the cherry tree remained the same
Throughout, each passing year it would
Blossom and cherry blossom would fall
And robins would play beneath it.

Submitted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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  • Khairul Ahsan (9/9/2013 2:34:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem written fluently in great style and vision.10/10.
    Last April I visited the campus of Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA and saw a lot of cherry trees in full blossom. The imagery you described fits the scenery in my mind.
    Your comment explains the poem well. Thanks for the explanation. (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (9/5/2013 9:56:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem about the Cherry tree & blossoms and it being a witness to great times and tarnished times!
    I have also a poem in the same name- The Cherry Tree- but it is about the loss of a much relished tree.! (Report) Reply

  • Aswath Raman (8/29/2013 10:15:00 AM)

    An extremely wonderful write sir. The cherry tree is being the sole witness to the change in the world, anhd despite the change it does its duty and provides shade to the robins. Something similar to a Sanskrit verse I learnt long back! And your Cherry tree reminds me of many poems I learnt in my high school English class! (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/29/2013 9:04:00 AM)

    Nature's boldness and ours timidness, nature stands o witness and we slides a human may be happy or sad, fearfull or dare devil but CT is away from the evil well write DAVID thank 10 (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (8/28/2013 10:47:00 PM)

    The feeling was there in your poem, the narrative poetic lines awakening the art and with good meaning appeared in my mind...clap clap.._Soul (Report) Reply

  • Poetheart Morgan (8/28/2013 3:59:00 PM)

    The cherry tree is the contrast between past and present. But it is there, waiting. who knows maybe best times.... (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (8/28/2013 3:30:00 PM)

    The Cherry tree symbolises God's unchanging nature, the blossom represents manna from heaven and society represents its own fickle self. The robins symbolises our unchanging natural world. (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (8/28/2013 12:49:00 PM)

    Very nice.In this mortal world, the beauty of nature never changes.It's immortal.Lovely one Sir! (Report) Reply

  • Sekharan Pookkat (8/28/2013 12:46:00 PM)

    I remember the following lines while reading your poem cherry tree
    for men may come and men may go
    but i go on for ever - good (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/28/2013 5:40:00 AM)

    Wow. Beautiful poem..A lovely portrait of cherry tree, which witnessed all from crowd to loneliness, past to present..Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (8/27/2013 11:11:00 PM)

    The cherry tree remains a silent witness to the declining Faith. Once the churches teemed with the thronging congregation! It was a time when the world smiled! In this poem, I hear the deep undertone of a wail, the same agony Matthew Arnold expressed in his poem- The Dover Beach! (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (8/27/2013 7:03:00 PM)

    David it reminds me of the famous lines of Tennyson, with Cherry tree saying
    Men may come and men may go
    I go on for ever...
    Beautiful poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (8/27/2013 10:53:00 AM)

    the cherry tree one of the most beautiful when in full bloom they are plated around our capital building in Washington lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (8/27/2013 5:42:00 AM)

    a lovely portrait of some thing that doesn't change with time, though now even the seasons are changing their nature, thanks to human interference. (Report) Reply

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