Willow Tree – a tanka – from a tree’s perspective

I admired this large willow tree on a friend’s lawn. But a much smaller one by my front porch inspired this tanka, and the one that followed.

WILLOW TREE
An Overflowing Fountain of Green

Willow Tree Whispers
People say … Weeping Willow
But I’m not crying

Just bowing down … to the Earth
Kissing the ground … with my leaves

.

Ken Chawkin
Fairfield, Iowa
May 2010

Also see: Friendship – another tree tanka, Willow Tree Tanka II,
What Do Trees Do?, and trees—a poem about the nature of trees

The poem was later published with a tree photo and audio of me reciting it in the July 2017 issue of Conch.es: Willow Tree—by Ken Chawkin.

A year or two later I read a haiku, Be Spring, followed by Willow Tree, on Sheila Moschen’s Let Your Heart Sing, Variety Show #61.

13 Responses to “Willow Tree – a tanka – from a tree’s perspective”

  1. Carla Brown, Ed.D. Says:

    Lovely, just like the willow

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  2. Pablo Garrido Says:

    It is a supreme perception beautifully described.

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  3. Dawn Grimmer Says:

    Beautiful imagery – very evocative and enjoyable.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. debbie Weberg Says:

    Lovely poem, so simple yet immensly profound.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Christine Boxerman Says:

    Very beautiful. It drew me in. I wanted it to continue and continue.

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  10. Margot Suettmann Says:

    Just beautiful, the haiku and the photo of this Willow Tree!!! A waterfall of leaves….

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  12. Linlin Says:

    Beautiful… Thanks for creating such inspiring poems.

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