Poem – The Oak Tree

This poem was given to me from one of the widows in our group.  It’s called “The Oak Tree” by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr.

The Oak Tree

A mighty wind blew night and day.

It stole the Oak Tree’s leaves away.

Then snapped its boughs

and pulled its bark

until the Oak was tired and stark.

But still the Oak Tree held its ground

while other trees fell all around.

The weary wind gave up and spoke,

How can you still be standing Oak?”

The Oak Tree said, I know that you

can break each branch of mine in two,

carry every leaf away,

shake my limbs and make me sway.

But I have roots stretched in the earth,

growing stronger since my birth.

You’ll never touch them, for you see

they are the deepest part of me.

Until today, I wasn’t sure

of just how much I could endure.

But now I’ve found with thanks to you,

I’m stronger than I ever knew.

4 Responses

  1. Donald A DeMaio
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    This poem is on the wall at the VA Hospital in East Orange NJ.
    They have the poem written with an incorrect word.
    While other trees fell all around says, While other trees FEEL all around.
    It is framed and the VA was informed but didn’t seem too interested.
    Someone failed to catch this in the print and I thought it was noteworthy.
    Don DeMaio

    • Mary Francis
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      Hi Don. Put your request in writing to the Hospital and they will probably take more interest in your concern. Take care. Mary Francis

    • Kathleen Sharp
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      The VA Centers Worldwide are so uncaring, incompetent and basically death traps to human lives who fight, honor, sacrifice, live and die for the love of others of their own free will and love for OUR COUNTRY.
      Sadly, when they need a tiny portion returned.. for many, as was the case with my late loved one….they discovered combat was easier than the battle with the VA.
      I love this poem yet would expect not one I ever encountered to remotely read or take heart to its meaning or it’s spelling. Sad, words… which would offend a soul who cared.. but won’t.. because they don’t!!!

  2. Beth Metcalf
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    Mary Francis, I sit in silent awe. I can’t believe my eyes, how this poem, your website, and the 3 comments have “accidentally” found their way into my life today. My story is complex and brutal, too many words for a little box and a world filled with soooooooul much pain. I don’t think that the word “FEEL” instead of fell was an earthly mistake, but rather a divine intervention, like this gift to me today. I also FEEL the words of Kathleen Sharp. In 2013, my husband was also taken to heaven while in the care of a va hospital. A very bad ending here, but a glorious beginning in the “other world.” Notice the dates/year of the poem and my husbands passing. I also noticed Kathleen’s posting date. 1-22-2020. An over the top, divine coincidence, and we know there is no such thing as ” COINCIDENCE.” More people need to speak out and walk the talk of injustice, and not live in fear. Going up against this nightmare of medical massacre seems impossible, but so did the ending of slavery, woman finally being able to vote and own property, (speaking of widows, in some countries still today that is not possible. If the husband dies, out she goes) etc. It takes one person to become aware, a very courageous person, like yourself to take the initiative and be the leader to shine the light for others. Grief, grieving, and the life after death for us after the passing of our dearest treasure is in a world all of its own. It is only understood by those who have experienced it, like anything else…but it is the greatest pain here on earthbound overcome. If our hearts survive, we can definitely thrive!!! I didn’t think that I would ever get to this point, but I have!!! No one wanted to be dead more than I after the passing of my husband, the most perfect being that GODever created!!! I just looked up at my misprint, (my husband is always telling me to look up!!!), no misprint , GODever, that’s right. There is no such thing as death, just a move from one estate to another state of being. Our goal is the same regardless of our challenges here on earth, LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! To teach a better way and to celebrate each and every new day, because it truly is a gift. Thank you Mary Francis and GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL!!!

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