I Wanted To Be Like That Old Tree - Poem by Thandolwethu Ntshintshi
I wanted to be like that old tree
One day I came across an old tree,
I stopped for a moment to fix my eyes
And mind at its history the story of its existence, I gazed at it.
Marked it was with all its trials and tribulations
Amazingly it grew, grew, and grew tall and gigantic but
It was never bigger than life.
It came to mind that it never forgot
The responsibility to give when one gets
For it continued to give, give and give for it
Knew I and it though we were from the fairest islands
We depended on each other, depended on each other we were at that
Moment and that is life and how it is supposed to be.
I wanted to be like that old tree, like that old tree I wanted to be
Stand time, stand the world and more so stand myself.
Like that old tree I wanted to be like
Liberate with love and stay in hearts engraved for what is profound
I wanted to be like that old tree, like that old tree I wanted to be like
That stood there said none but I knew a lot of it pleasant and profound
I wanted to be like that old tree, like that old tree I wanted to be like.
But one thing that never came to mind was it took time to engrave
Such history, such storytelling and I was to let time and destiny
Take cause for if I wanted to be like that old tree that stood there through
All ages like that old tree wanted to be like.
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