Birch Tree

December 16, 2007 § 8 Comments

Have you seen her, high on a hill, linking earth and sky?
Her blossoms unveil the blessings of life.

Give gifts of peace and freedom to a heart’s cry.
Have you seen her, high on a hill, linking earth and sky?

The most ladylike of all trees, I can most identify.
Her fertility and reliability flow deep in the afterlife.

Have you seen her, high on a hill, linking earth and sky?
Her blossoms unveil the blessings of life.

© Sonya Rose

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§ 8 Responses to Birch Tree

  • Shana Owens says:

    Isn’t this a couplet? and not Freestyle poetry ?

  • Sonya Rose says:

    Hi Shana,

    It was my favorite tree on the way to college. However, I modeled it after a Triolet.

    “A Triolet is a poetic form consisting of only 8 lines. Within a Triolet, the 1st, 4th, and 7th lines repeat, and the 2nd and 8th lines do as well. The rhyme scheme is simple: ABaAabAB, capital letters representing the repeated lines.”

  • tomachfive says:

    I doff my hat to this one, my thoughts are beginning to grow trees. 🙂

  • The unique rhyme scheme lends to its subtle, but elegant, form. A job well done! 🙂

  • joseph carlyle says:

    I think it’s too vague

  • Sonya Rose says:

    Hi Joseph,

    Not sure if you are familiar with mythology and folklore concerning trees, symbolic qualities.

    The Birch tree symbolizes Gracefulness; Meekness; Self-sacrifice; Devotion. The Birch tree is considered feminine and is associated with the planet Venus, the element water, the God Thor (“The most ladylike of all trees, I can most identify.”). Also, believed to grow at the Gates of Heaven (“…reliability flow deep in the afterlife”).

    My ancestry roots (German) run through this tree; Birch comes from an old Germanic root meaning “white, bright or to shine.”

    They are magical and their branches can even burn when wet. The bark was used in ancient times for many things from making canoes to writing. We are so lucky today to read verses on the Internet because thoughts of the past were saved on trees. Trees are sweet and even the Birch’s sap replaces sugar.

    It’s so healthy to write even if you believe that you are not a writer or poet. I strongly feel that each of us should find in life at least one special tree. They can be personal or sacred. For my mother, it was the Pear tree and when a storm came this summer and destroyed her favorite tree, it deeply saddened her spirit — to see her pear tree leave her sight overnight after 33 years. However, their Birch tree stood the storm still to see…

    This is part reason why the Birch tree is important to me. It symbolizes new beginnings (new starts and new journeys), cleansing the past (purification, protection).

    I’m asking anyone out there have you seen my favorite sacred tree? (“Have you seen her, high on a hill, linking earth and sky?”)… ‘Cause at the moment of writing this poem in late fall/winter (the time of my ((paternal)) grandmother’s death … and a difficult and complex break-up … before I left for Arizona, a new beginning—a rebirth in my life …. “Give gifts of peace and freedom to a heart’s cry”)… I missed the sight of her, the spirit and beauty of. So, I wrote about her from my memory in my journal. She was the link between life and death … the beginning of all new things. Without her symbolic qualities (love, healing, nourishment, prosperity), my life became extraordinary difficult, undergoing much until I strongly connected once again, and started a new chapter in spring (“Her blossoms unveil the blessings of life.”).

  • I like the poem a lot. I come from the celtic culture, so I sense some of the symbolism. I was trawling the net (having given up on my books) to find a poem suitable for a naming ceremony where the wee lassie is to be called Betha. Her name is Gaidhlig means life, and is connected to the word Beith, meaning a birch tree. I’d like to read your poem, if I may, at her ceremony as it is somehow perfect for what needs to be said.

  • Sonya Rose says:

    As you wish. I would be honored.

    Celtic culture may even run deep and long thru my roots. (My father and grandfather was a Atkinson; and my grandmother and gr. grandfather was a Hall…from Anglo-Saxon haele, meaning “hero”. My paternal ancestors came from England, Scotland, and Ireland…)

    …You may enjoy…one of my first poetry videos, “Yesterday’s Run” … has some celtic love in it:

    Beautiful request … thanks, Scot.

    Have a beautiful day,
    Sonya Rose

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