Olive Tree in our Homeland

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An olive tree
Grown in soil enriched with tradition and history
it blossoms with pink berries and sweet fruits,
and umbrella-like leaves to offer shade in the heat,
it sits in the edge of an old city, a symbol of compassion and hope

We climbed as children on our way home,
to play innocent games beneath it, count its rings of age
we would sit on its branches and overlook our homeland,
cloaked in a glistening gold sunset, the sweet smell of roasted nuts from the streets
tranquillity in the breeze through our hair

An olive tree
with roots so deep it has seen so many suns and so many moons
sharing goodness and all things nutritious
a simple act of kindness
a silent display of love

An olive tree
still growing but on a land of conflicted soil
We journey back and find our initials scratched into the trunk
barley visible in the dried bark, covered in dust
umbrella-like leaves limp with resilience to smoke
it sits on one side of a wall, a marked line between peace and war,
a symbol of compassion and hope

We climb as we once did, to make believe
to sit on its branches and overlook our homeland
close our eyes to imagine a glistening gold sunset, the sweet smell of roasted nuts,
tranquility in the breeze through our hair

An olive tree
with roots so deep it has seen so many suns and so many moons
sharing goodness and all things nutritious
a simple act of kindness
a silent display of love

7 Comments

  1. mrheslop

    This reminds me of a bit in the ee cummings poem “i carry your heart”:

    “here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
    and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
    higher than soul can hope or mind can hide”

    Thank you for the read!

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    1. I haven’t read that before but thank you for sharing!! That’s a beautiful poem :)

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  2. your olive tree remains rooted through peace and conflict…and hopefully one day will grow in a land that is once again at peace. Beautiful poem!

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    1. I hope so too! Thank you!! :)

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  3. Really like this, beautiful language and emotion

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    1. Thank you glad you enjoyed this:)

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