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To Tell A Daughter

So then we start to listen,
And we learn to open ourselves up,
Into the possibility that the world is more than just our own,
We must tell her

In her heart she is more than the land she comes from
But in her heart she must hold that land dearly
Because from it she blossomed
We must tell her

How her beauty grows despite corruption,
Her grace holds despite suffering
She is nothing short of perfect,
Despite the things she may have seen.

© Elena Andrean

This is part of a poem from my upcoming project #Equilibrium.

Olive Tree in our Homeland

      tree

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