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 …
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.
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!
Thanks … I got to listen to it later in the day and it wowed me. Really beautiful and then the poem came too! Thanks for the inspiration.
Very glad to share! 🙂
Happy you did. :<3
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What a moving video but your poem, Cara, is in the same spirit…I have a penchant for the willow but reading this poem, I can’t help but compare it to a woman …bending, flexible for her family, and always bouncing back.
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. 🙂
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This post is very moving but the poem. Georgia wrote has so many meanings. What does it say to you?
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.
Thanks Suzanne .. you said a very beautiful thing here … much appreciated!
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