Treasure Island

Patricia Grantham

(May 27,1952 / Moncks Corner, South Carolina)

The Family Tree


A tiny seed is sown with care into the fertile ground
Then a small tree pops out slowly from its earthly mound
With care it is nurtured by the life giving soil and air
The branches then began to reach as if to someone near

Its roots can grow and flourish as far as the eyes can see
Just like the many members that makes up the family tree
The leaves are like the children that's born of mothers and fathers
The tree may be hewed down but root remains in sons and daughters

The mighty trunk of the tree is what keeps its limbs together
A family should remain steadfast in any kind of weather
Is your family like the one that can't withstand the storm?
Or is it one that doesn't care to be within the norm?

Everyone who lives on earth is born with a family tree
We have no choice in the matter it's part of our history
A tree can grow to unknown heights as if to touch the sky
The family tree will always flourish whether we live or die

Submitted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 04, 2013

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  • Sj Holland (8/25/2013 5:33:00 PM)

    Patricia, this would make a great poem to fill out a family reunion newsletter or program. I enjoyed reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Aswath Raman (8/16/2013 8:28:00 AM)

    A great write Ma'am! My family tree is a huge banyan tree with 10-20 uncles and aunts,50-60 cousins and countless babies! Its certainly a pleasure and the joy is great! I could connect to this poem very well.10 from me! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/5/2013 7:19:00 AM)

    We all happen to be the members of one family or the other! It is not our choice to be born into a particular family! Yet one has to love his family and foster its growth into a towering tree! It should have its roots growing deep and its branches all around so that it shall withstand any raging storm or flood! A great write. Enjoyed! (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (4/25/2013 10:09:00 AM)

    I think on this and clearly see, God has smiled on my family tree.I have 14
    great grandkids and more on the way.Thank you for this inspiring write.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this-WELL DONE (Report) Reply

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