Like a Tree


Like a seedling, you started life cared for by family;
Watered with enough advice and guidance;
So healthy were your leaves as you soaked it all in;
And strong were your roots as they were firmly embedded;
Going for Sunday school classes; saying a prayer every morning;
Safe you felt in your little pot.

And then you were sent to the main field;
Where watering became irregular;
Invaded was your personal space as you had to share them with weeds;
Shaky your roots felt as you had to fight for survival on your own;
Your habits began to change and started to adapt to those of your peers;
Going wherever the wind blows you;

Your once beautiful green leaves began to fade into sick yellow;
The harsh weather stifling whatever reserve you’ve got;
One by one your leaves began to drop;
No fruit to boast of;
Lost your beauty and glory;
And your identity mistaken for a mere weed.

But God bless the gardener who came to your rescue;
Pruning your many but thin and weak branches;
Felt painful thinking that you’ve lost all that you’ve worked for;
But grateful later when you realized that all your chains have been broken;
All the weeds around you cleared;
The air was all around for you to breathe;

Image Credits to Google(c) Images.

Now you gleam with your fruits hanging proudly around you;
Everyone who sees you stops to acknowledge you;
Many anxious to have a taste of your fruit;
Growing up hasn’t been easy;
Thought you wouldn’t make it;
But here you are: well done!

This is for you all who went through a lot of hardships;
Temptations, tests and trials;
But like gold put through fire;
You came out refined and bright;

Thank God for not giving up on you during your darkest hours;
And remember your family and friends who stood with you throughout your hard times;
Because the ones you meet on your way to the mountain top;
Will be the very ones you’ll see on your way back.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Lester Young says:

    Joseyphina,

    Thanks so much for such a heartfelt reminder to never give up – because our Father will never give up on us, and will see us through.

    Lester

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I thank God for giving me the inspiration to write, Lester. God bless you for reading and have a wonderful day! 🙂

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  2. You are impeccably delicious !

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    1. joseyphina says:

      And you are a wonderful friend, Debbie! Have a blessed day, dear! 🙂

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  3. Phina, your poem is beautiful! So very soothing to the spirit! God bless!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, wendell! Feels great coming from an amazing poet like you! 🙂

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  4. emeraldogzz says:

    I absolutely love your articles and stories. Thanks for visiting. Good to meet a west African like me, should I say, Hello Sister. 😊😀
    God bless you lots! We obviously do have a writing in common. We should keep in touch. Best Regards

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Emerald. Nice to meet you too. Of course we are sisters. I think we shoulf keep in touch too. Stay blessed. 🙂

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  5. Maxima says:

    beautiful word, my friend ,Love and Blessings FOR YOU dear friend

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, dear. 🙂

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