Cecelia GrantPeters

Rookie - 20 Points (5th December / Vermont)

Remember The &Quot;Wog Tree&Quot; - Poem by Cecelia GrantPeters

"Remember the Wog Tree"
He said to me,
It's black and shiny and Ebony.
She stands so tall, so proud and free
It's a sight so wondrous to see.
"Remember the Wog Tree"
She stands alone,
Though her heart is afraid
She makes no moan.
In her silent rage she does not speak
But her inner strength makes her so unique.
"Remember the Wog Tree"
He said to me,
It's black and shiny and Ebony.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

After school one day when I was about 7 years old I told my dad about an incident at school, where another child had called me a "Wog", as I didn't know what the word 'Wog' meant, I asked dad. Dad told me that a Wog was a tree in Africa, which stands out amongst all the trees, it is dark and shiny and called Ebony. It stands alone and is very rare and beautiful. He told me that every time someone called me a 'Wog', to 'remember the Wog Tree'. The next day at school I did exactly that. It gave me a tremendous boost and has stayed with me since.

Comments about Remember The &Quot;Wog Tree&Quot; by Cecelia GrantPeters

  • Veteran Poet - 1,412 Points Jacqueline Nash (7/23/2014 6:32:00 AM)

    What a wise dad turning what could have been a negative into something positive. I love the poem and your story behind it. Great work. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 37 Points Colleen Courtney (6/19/2014 11:37:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem and an even more wonderful explanation from a father to a daughter. Thanks for sharing your heartwarming and personal poet's note. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 19, 2014



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