Tree Song

I grow like the trees
My direction's not the breeze
But the soul inside of me leans
To the light beams
Freeze or heat
Brings anything, but I can handle it
Green leaves every spring
Reveal life in my rings
Steadily adding, never subtracting in strength
As length of time grows like shadows
Light goes steadily down, life is
Drowned in red waves of
Strawberry syrup as
the evening
Touches
Down

Where will I find myself found,
Called outcast or cut down?
Will I ever mind my own mouth,
And is the world really round?
Because I've found it full of ups and
Lefts and rights and down-
Town opportunities
So many choices and communities
The fruit of these
Questions will never drop without time
So I'll keep rolling like a cosine
Line intangible impossible
You can't do all these things that you demand of you

Is it the truth
Or just loose, youthful dreams,
Lex Luthor is inside of me
Saying I can't be Superman or super-manly
because I'll never save the world
And love a girl;
But if I can save a girl
And love the world,
It will be good enough for me

Come on, hang your hammock on me,
Hide your shoulders from the heat,
Speak your secrets in my green leaves like you really know me,
And I'll only whisper back whenever the wind blows me.





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backyardheart said...
Aug. 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm
I'm astounded! This was beautiful. Each metaphor (especially the superman one) was delightful. The third and fourth stanzas were my favorite. 
 
ohheyyyelli said...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 11:24 am
Love the metaphors. Amazing imagery. Beautifully written.
 
Love.Hate.Passion. said...
Aug. 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

Hmm.... MIND BLOWN!

You have a super fantastic way with words that has me hanging on to each stanza. This is a beautiful poem with a great concept.

 
musicispassion said...
Aug. 5, 2011 at 12:35 am
i agree u have a way with words this poem was absolutely beautiful this piece should have more cmments keep up the good work r u a boy or girl?
 
PaigeStreet This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm

thanks :)

um, have fun guessing :)

 
JerseyGirl716 said...
Aug. 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

WOW. That was AMAZING. How am I the first to comment here? You have a way with words, I could picture the entire poem in my head. My favorite part:

"Light goes steadily down, life is
Drowned in red waves of
Strawberry syrup as
the evening
Touches
Down"

Woah. I have no constructive feedback, none at all; just keep doing what you're doing!

 
PaigeStreet This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Thanks! That part is fun to say out loud, gradually getting quieter. 
 
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