Jack Growden

Rookie - 292 Points (1997 / Townsville, Australia)

The Willow - Poem by Jack Growden

From a rolling hill in one green Essex field,
A splendid, sweeping vista was suddenly revealed.
Rays of sunlight appeared marking the advent of dawn,
Invigorating the gully below on this placid morn.
The autumn calm was quite crisp, but pleasantly mild,
As I drew a deep breath and simply smiled…

Ambling down the path that led to the glen below,
I caught the gentle scent of an English meadow.
Well-worn, the trail continued to meander
Through lush pastures of flowered oleander.
Towering modestly among stood the odd foreign teak,
Which by the tree further on was made to look rather meek.

I recall he teetered upon the edge of a pond,
Whose lily-clad surface stretched into the mists beyond.
Dull grey skies gave way as the Sun did soon prevail
As I laid basking in the light at the end of the trail.
In the broad shade of that willow I sat down to drink
And with an instant haste began to think.

In a peaceful dreamy haze I pondered it all
Beneath the weeping willow, graceful and tall.
A half hour passed until I gazed up in awe
And tumbled into an admiring stupor.
For here hung this giant that seemed tired and run down,
His haggard branches bearing a beleaguered frown.

Though whilst his leaves dipped, defeated, below the waterline,
I stared deeper and found a core quite sturdy and fine.
By peering past the crinkled bark and stale sap,
One is soon convinced that he will never snap.
For with resilience at heart, he refuses to yield:
That mighty old willow of that green Essex field.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Copyright Jack Growden 2013. A pleasant poem stressing the importance of resilience and being strong on the inside. I hope you enjoy it. Please, I encourage you to rate it and comment your thoughts. Furthermore, keep reading my collection and feel free to do the same on any of my pieces. Thanks!

Comments about The Willow by Jack Growden

  • Kim Barney (12/15/2014 8:52:00 PM)

    Really opened my eyes,
    Took me by surprise.
    Extremely well done
    By someone so young.
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  • Jack Growden (6/20/2014 7:52:00 AM)

    Thanks Anthony, always much appreciated! (Report) Reply

  • Jack Growden (6/20/2014 7:52:00 AM)

    Thanks Anthony, always much appreciated! (Report) Reply

  • Jack Growden (10/24/2013 1:42:00 AM)

    Thank you very much Chloe! I'm glad that you enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

  • Jack Growden (10/20/2013 5:20:00 PM)

    Spot on. Thank you for reading and giving such feedback Terrance. (Report) Reply

  • Terrance Tracy (10/20/2013 2:36:00 PM)

    I enjoy this poem for several reasons:
    1 Look to the rock were hewn and to the quarry you were dug.
    2 Do not judge the outward appearance look into the heart
    I am paraphrasing two different Scriptures that your poem justifies.
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  • Jack Growden (10/16/2013 10:37:00 PM)

    Thank you Angela! Your regular feedback is much appreciated. Chester, I am thrilled that you enjoyed my work that much. Thanks for reading, Jack Growden. (Report) Reply

  • (10/16/2013 7:08:00 PM)

    once again beautifully written. Your metaphorical use of the willow is not unique, but certainly remarkably well-used! I like it.. (Report) Reply

  • (10/15/2013 1:59:00 AM)

    Wow! Wow! Wow! This left me speechless. You are such a terrific young talent, Jack. Keep up the riveting work. C.J.P. (Report) Reply

  • Jack Growden (9/17/2013 3:51:00 AM)

    Thank you Lonnie! Glad you enjoyed it! (Report) Reply

  • Jack Growden (8/17/2013 7:34:00 PM)

    Thanks very much for all the feedback! ! It is greatly appreciated. Please keep reading my collection (Report) Reply

  • (8/16/2013 6:53:00 PM)

    I really like this and the imaginary was perfect (Report) Reply

  • (8/16/2013 5:49:00 AM)

    nice imagery, perfect painting of the theme
    love this one
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  • Heather Wilkins (8/14/2013 5:16:00 PM)

    a beautiful write about the weeping willow tree. one of my favorites, and I love to write about them also. enjoyed this (Report) Reply

  • Jack Growden (8/6/2013 3:08:00 AM)

    Thanks Bobby! Please feel free to keep reading my collection as it grows. Jack (Report) Reply

  • (8/5/2013 4:58:00 PM)

    A great painting, great strokes. (Report) Reply

  • (8/5/2013 4:54:00 PM)

    Great painting, good strokes, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Jack Growden (8/4/2013 4:10:00 AM)

    Thanks Lucifera! Your feedback is greatly appreciated. I will be sure to read your poems. Please keep reading my collection (Report) Reply

  • Lucifera Santez (8/4/2013 3:27:00 AM)

    nice rhyme and rhythm.
    a very powerful visualization.
    please read my poems and feel free to comment on them.
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  • Jack Growden (8/3/2013 5:25:00 PM)

    Thank you very much! ! I am astounded at such a positive response. Please keep reading my collection as it grows, and feel free to rate and comment on each piece. Your opinion is valued! Thanks again. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 2, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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