I am

Standing proud and solitary

Enduring the onslaught

Of wave after wave

For thousands of years

Never giving an inch

Recalcitrant in his stance

The rock


Bent and crippled

From the punishing winds

Attacked by snow and ice

For hundreds of years

But surviving against

All odds and hardships

The tree


Visible from afar

Reaching to the sky

Proud in its defiance

Of burning sun and drought

Persevering despite

Inhospitable environment

The Saguaro


I am Rock

I am Tree

I am Saguaro


  • Goldfinch60

    Very good positive write, there forever.

    • FredPeyer

      Thank you Goldfinch! We, or our work, will be there forever!

    • orchidee

      A fine write Fred. Ahh, saguaro, those big cactus things. Don't seem 'em in UK!

      • FredPeyer

        Thank you orchidee! No, they are definitely not in the UK, they are native of Arizona, but I figured everybody knows them and they would be representative for what I wanted to say.

      • Michael Edwards

        Super work Fred

        • FredPeyer

          Thanks Michael, quite a change from the previous one. Back to normal I guess.

        • Fay Slimm.

          Survival is all around it we but look at these great examples Fred - thank s for this fine reminder.

          • FredPeyer

            Thanks Fay, I have seen some solitary trees in some of the most toughest places in the Alps and marveled at their survival. We are all survivors!

          • Louis Gibbs

            A fine metaphor of mankind's resilience. Well penned, Fred!

            • FredPeyer

              Thanks Louis, they are metaphors and the are actual examples of life not giving up, even under the worst of circumstances.

            • Laura🌻

              A resilient man you are!
              Bravo! Loved reading
              your poem! The metaphors
              are exquisite! Awesome!


              • FredPeyer

                Thanks Laura, am not so sure that I could really be that rock or that tree, but I would at least try! Life is tenacious.

                • Laura🌻

                  One of my favorite words!😉

                • kevin browne

                  stay solid dude!

                  • FredPeyer

                    I am trying, I am trying! Thanks Kevin.

                  • Christina8

                    I think it's all been said, but it's a beautifully written poem, Fred!

                    • FredPeyer

                      Thanks Christina, there is nothing new under the sun, but we can say it in different ways!

                    • Elsie

                      I am glad orchidee told me what a saguaro is. I am definitely a tree. Love the different powers of each one .

                      • FredPeyer

                        Thanks Elsie, looking at rocks in the ocean, or trees high up in the Alps, I admire their resilience. Would be nice if we could be like that too. Not for hundreds of years though, just think how long we would have to work before retiring!

                        • Elsie

                          Yeah, right. I would want to change jobs if we did. I would like to be a rock for a while I think, a bit more solid and upright, instead of weighed down. Look I am still up!! I am OFF TO BED, FRED! goodnight (morning?)

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