“The Willow”

~Esther Mitchell, 2012~

 

I never learned to lean,

That’s what comes from being strong,

From always being the one,

Others turned to when their world went wrong.

 

I learned to balance sideways,

To dip and sway with the wind,

But never to touch the trees around me,

With any but a gentle hand.

 

No, I never learned to lean,

Though I might bend to and fro,

Tossed about in confusion,

When the hurricane begins to blow.

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