The Willow – quatrain – September 25, 2014

The Willow

The willow bows with the wind,
It sways and it bends,
Then stands tall and true …
Upright and straight once again.

Storms may tower with fury,
Yet, unlike the great oak,
I’ll bend like the willow …
I’ll dance in the rain …

Weathering onslaughts
Of anger and pain
I’ll sway like the willow
My spirit unbroken.

Such is the wisdom
Passed down through the ages
The willow will stand …
For it bends in the wind.

(c) G.s.k. ’14

This poem was inspired by the beautiful verse written by Sara Teasdale: “Like Barely Bending” which Jen from Blog it or Lose it! linked for me today in the form of a  beautiful video on YouTube … in Chinese (with subtitles).  Thanks Jen.



10 thoughts on “The Willow – quatrain – September 25, 2014

  1. I’m so glad you liked the video Georgia 🙂
    It was so incredibly moving.

    And your quatrain is moving too and very much in the spirit of Teasdale’s poem .. Absolutely hopeful and lovely. Well done!


    • The same impression I get from the willow. I was inspired by the way the poem was translated and sun in Chinese. In a way, I guess I was commenting the video (poem) saying it in my own words. 🙂


  2. What a beautiful poem Georgia – such an anthem to the power of the human spirit to endure, but even more than that, to endure and still dance.


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