Once you were

Before the cyclone

you often greeted me at sunrise

and sunset

with branches outstretched to embrace

my camera

you went about your business

I came to know you well

You were a giving tree

sunrisenq

feluga tree loses its branches

After the cyclone

your branches

were stripped until you were a skeleton

of what you once were

nearby your sister tree the more glorious of you two

was uprooted

and went back into the earth to be recycled

but still  you survived

you will grow again

where she cannot

and branch out and

greet her bird friends

but

I will no longer see you

at sunrise and sunset

because we’ve had to move.

 

We’ll not be so intimate

on the spur of the moment
looking for light

So many of your tree friends are gone

uprooted ancients

and yet you stand ready to give shelter

and beauty once more

when the word beauty could lose its meaning

you give it branches and send it out

up to

the skies

where we can still find beauty

as the sky still changes  to purple,

red, orange, pinks and blues.

Where we  can still find light

leading us to recovery.

 

(Extract ‘Once you Were’, poetry on recovery from natural disasters)

(c) all words and images June Perkins

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8 thoughts on “Once you were

  1. Beautiful June. I love receiving your posts to my emails. And this resonates with me because we have had a major earthquake in Aotearoa NZ and it has affected everyone here. Loss of life and such devastation..but we still hope for the future and know that we are resilient people who will rise again. I feel my messages of looking after Papatuanuku of mother earth are important now more than ever. Arohanui, Jo x

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  2. Yes, have been feeling for you all in Aotearoa- and know friends of friends who have passed away or made narrow escapes – a month on almost and only now some of the numbness leaves, but with its going comes pain, and grief, which then can make way for healing, a healing which will take place in so many places hurting from sudden events.

    I am glad you like reading the posts – thanks Jo.

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  3. June,

    Beautiful!!..praying for your recovery also..I hope you hear in your words a reflection of your self and your people..

    “Uprooted ancients
    and yet you stand ready to give shelter
    and beauty once more
    when the word beauty could lose its meaning
    you give it branches and send it out
    up to
    the skies
    where we can still find beauty
    as the sky still changes to purple,
    red, orange, pinks and blues.
    Where we can still find light
    leading us to recovery. “

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