Oak

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I should be doing other things, I know. I should be studying for exams, or working on Christmas gifts, or writing papers, or a million other things. This morning I had absently tossed my copy of a compilation of a few of Robert Frost’s poetry into my bag before heading down to my literature class. It was only after lit and Institute that I had a moment to thumb through it for a few quiet moments that were just what I needed to get through my last class. I love Frost, and was reminded of a poem I had read recently that Elder Ballard referenced in his most recent CES Fireside talk, by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr.

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.

I was reminded of it today, especially since the wind is gusting cold and the leaves are all but stripped from the trees. It was made even more poignant when I got a quick note on this blog from one of my dearest friends, and it just made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I just thought I’d share that with you!

Love,

Meg

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