Hope for a Tree

For there is hope for a tree,
if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
and that its shoots will not cease.
Though its root grow old in the earth,
and its stump die in the soil,
yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put out branches like a young plant.
(Job 14:7-9)

There is the dead stump of an apple tree in the east yard.
It used to be the queen of the garden;
The only tree on that side of the house worth climbing.
But it became diseased and had to be removed.
The root stock, though, is resilient.
Three - no, five - new upshoots,
skinny, twiggy, awkward things,
have launched themselves skyward.
One has already borne fruit
And one is blossoming now.

1 comments:

Alwen said...

Lovely post...somehow I missed that passage in my most recent perusal of Job. BTW, my blog has moved, so when you next update your links, feel free to update to my new blog address: http://alwensmusings.blogspot.com

Glad you found a church! It can be quite the journey...

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