Thursday, May 03, 2007


The Tree

I stood still and was a tree amid the wood,
Knowing the truth of things unseen before;
Of Daphne and the laurel bough
And that god-feasting couple old
That grew elm-oak amid the wold.
"Twas not until the gods had been
Kindly entreated, and been brought within
Unto the hearth of their heart's home
That they might do this wonder thing;
Nathless I have been a tree amid the wood
And many a new thing understood
That was rank folly to my head before.

Ezra Pound

14 Comments:

Blogger Tammy said...

Wonderful poem and new to me. Thanks Rel :)

2:30 PM  
Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

Oh, I had to read this a few times before I understood its loveliness... trees do seem to have this other worldly wisdom and knowledge to them. Maybe we can too, if we just stand still long enough...
Thanks, Rel...

3:42 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

Beautiful Rel! I'm not into poetry very much but you always seem to find poems that do touch my heart and soul!! xox

6:25 PM  
Blogger giggles said...

Powerful prose....thanks for sharing!

Giggles

1:06 AM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

trees have a wonderful wisdom that we need to listen to more. Thanks for sharing this poem.

4:12 AM  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Very profound, Rel. Thank you.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Ren Kat [herine] Powell said...

Wow- I forgot how Pound began to build the bridge to contemporary poetry- Embarrassed to admit I had to go to the good old OED to find out what Nathless means. Thanks for this.

(and thanks for the welcome back)

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

This is a lovely poem, brought such mental pictures to mind. Thanks Rel.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Churlita said...

Being a tree hugger, I especially loved this poem.

4:16 PM  
Blogger jim said...

My goodness, been years and years since I came across this oldie by Ol' Ez. I think I'm old enough now to get it.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

Beautiful poem Rel...I love trees. You are so good at finding the good stuff!

11:47 PM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

Thanks for posting this. I love Ezra Pound. This one is vey appropriate right now for me.

Too many trees are being cut down here for metru rail and I am one of the few who is resisting. I know we need development but we can minimise. Here in India, no one seems to care.

1:21 AM  
Anonymous Robin said...

Would that we all were trees amid the wood. Thank you, Rel. I'd never read this one, or Ezra Pound.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Rowan said...

This is a lovely poem Rel, it needs more than one reading to get the full impact from it. All I know about Ezra Pound really is his name, I've never knowingly read anything by him before.

9:10 AM  

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