SCORNED AS TIMBER, BELOVED OF THE SKY

Not good enough, yet standing strong;
And now to you these woods belon.
“Let it stay”, you heard them say,
That day when men came.

Yet you grew to reach the sky,
Left to soar, left to fly,
To tower above the rest,
To be the very best.

Like an arrow, straight and sure,
Your crown shot up; you would endure.
Though heaven sent her warm embrace,
It’s lonely now, this barren place.

Not good enough, yet standing strong;
And now to you these woods belong.
“Let it stay”, you heard them say,
That day when men came.

Yet you grew to reach the sky,
Left to siar, left to fly,
To tower above the res,
To be the very best.

Charlotte Orzel, Age 9
(adapted by James Wright)

 

“My attention was drawn by the lone tree reaching its branches toward the sky. the swirling clouds embracing the tree also caught my eye and gave me the feeling of empowerment. The colours Carr used, like many of the Group of Seven’s work, exude hope and life.”

Is this poem inspirational for you? Does it make you happy? Sad? Both? This is a tough one! We know from the poem and from the painting that the other trees were all cut down. Try a little writing exercise: see if you can write a short poem or a paragraph showing the perspective of the tree. What is the tree thinking now that it’s all alone? What does it remember? What is it feeling? Bring the tree to life – it’s up to you!

 

 

Now listen to Cole read the poem. Try it with your eyes closed!