steadfast roots, suckering shoots

L. B. Mek


as a child when I fell down

I took for granted 

those outstretched branches

I always grasped 

to climb back up


years later and I’m forever, tripping over

taking for granted 

all these russet leaves covering my path 

shaken loose from withering branches 

still, cushioning my every stumble n fall


as even now

when life’s load gets heavy

and destiny’s strong winds

crash against me


I close my eyes to steady myself

and lean

on those gifts instilled within me

by those wise nurturing branches



© L. B. Mek

April 2018


  • Violet bluebell( used to be yellow rose)

    Beautiful poem Mek 🙂 important to be grounded and to feel safe within and looked after . Love the idea of us being like a tree .. and comfort within like those leaves and branches . One of my favourite poems from you .

    • L. B. Mek

      so glad you enjoyed the read
      and could relate to that imagery of of self, as tree
      you being such a radiant champion of Nature
      it means more you liked this humble scribble
      thank you! dear Poet

    • Neville

      I am a sucker for intriguing titles .. but who am I trying to kid .. I would have called in anyway ..

      I sense absolute sincerity here & believe I share several certain insights .. N

      • L. B. Mek

        (so many 'branches' effect our paths in life
        some only offering a few whispered treasures
        others, who choose to share
        our life's journey with us, they all help curate
        the sucker shoots we all become and these words
        were just a small wording of gratitude)
        glad you could share a few insights Hyung
        and yes, sincerity
        a key component of inking this humble scribble..
        and thank you for being one of my life's
        whispering branches my friend

      • Bella Shepard

        The symbolism of the tree is outstanding! "cushioning my every stumble" so beautifully phrased. From from childhood to adult, reflecting on the journey, quite remarkable.

        • L. B. Mek

          I find a synchronicity with your profile picture
          and these words I shared, dear Poet
          the shadows of who we are existing in those
          trees and branches, works well
          (thank you! for you kind words
          so glad you enjoyed the read)

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