The Old Walnut Tree // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

walnut treeNear the barnyard, by the fence,

old soldier stands with gnarled hands

saluting all the passersby who happen by his shade.


Deep rooted kindness, with a furrowed brow,

crusty outside, yet velvet within

calling all the children in

as he’s done down through the ages

“Come! Climb! Swing!”


And the old backyard centurion one summer day

invited me, again, to childish play.

But, laden with responsibility, I turned away.


You see, I’ve grown up now — so much to do,

And hurried humans hardly have the time to act that way.


Yes, with a heavy hearted sighing,

I turned and walked away.


But, even in the turning, my boyish heart was yearning

for another swing — impulsive, foolish thing!

My grown up soul had somehow met its match.


Old soldier may be past his prime, with knotted, brittle hands,

Yet deep inside I fully understand

that he can still catch me!


So, in joyous liberation, I dropped my briefcase on the ground

and as a little child from grown up heart unbound,

ran carefree to the old walnut tree

to play, and climb, and swing.

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