The Whisper Tree

Dan Williams

The Whisper Tree

He floated free that small warm day,

and stands accused of poetry,

from underneath the whisper tree.

Its limbs lean down close, as if to say

his only chance has slipped away,



Like happiness after failure tears

your pride from you and lets you find

the rows of heartache left behind

by others who refused to hear,

who have been gone ten thousand years.


Gone like the smile that pity stole.

Like puppet strings left hanging loose

by hands and brain that could not choose.

The heart as dwarf, the mind as troll;

stringless puppet with no soul.


Without the hands the puppet slides

too far down for healing light.

Though he tries with all his might,

no wires to help him stand upright,

he finally quits and soon decides

that crying goes on when cutting is done.

While far away the assassin watches,

and the fire inside exactly matches

the burned out place his fear is from;

No phoenix from this ash will come.


No memories of the finery,

no angled light on sleeping face

in this broken empty place.

These missing crooked lines will be

the last thing that he does not see.


Gone, like the words to happy songs.

The puppet knows his time has passed.

The dance he danced has been outclassed.

Gravity was just too strong;

will make him dust before too long.


He knew all this before he wrote his tune,

the whisper tree was quiet then;

He was again about to try it when

he floated free that small warm June;

lasted too long, over too soon.


The sadness wins, the winter steals September.

He tries to see ahead for reasons

but it looks the same for many seasons,

as it has been as long as he can remember.

This will be the last thing that he sends her.


And nights, no matter how he tries,

the images so fiercely staring down

bring the frightful smile, the menacing frown.

Weary and weak, he still sleepless lies,

no phoenix from this ash will rise.




  • Author: Dan Williams (Offline Offline)
  • Published: March 18th, 2024 22:11
  • Comment from author about the poem: Yes, it is long, I felt I had a lot to say.
  • Category: Short story
  • Views: 1
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