The Tree.

The tree
towered over
the west bank
of the shore,
a beacon
to all creatures
with foot
of callous and sore.

Many creatures
still recall
the day
the seed pushed through;
it rained
without a cloud in the sky
and they called it
Heaven’s Brew.

Seasons changed,
the weather more often,
but her branches
only reached
until safety
spread across the land,
a defence
not simply breached.

Down below,
under her skirt,
roots churned deep
and far
till all below, above,
and between
knew of this
precious star.

Then came a
day of fire and loss
which burned
across the land;
the creatures
of the western shore
pled for God’s
preserving hand.

She knew the price of
what they asked
and God herself felt
fear;
a bolt
sent from a cloudless sky
was mercy’s
delivering spear.

The bolt
cut deep into the bark
of the towering tree,
now shorn;
her pain was painted in
soot and flame
for all
the creatures to mourn.

But as she fell
away from them
into the river’s
crashing waves,
her branches
caught the eastern bank
bridging salvation out
of their crackling graves.

The creatures crossed
her sturdy back
with legs of lead
and glass
to find the eastern shore
awaiting
with opportunities
endless and vast.

To honour the tree
that gave up
all of herself
for the likes of them,
the creatures planted
all of her seeds
and tended
her budding children.

And Heaven’s Brew shone
upon them,
God’s face
alit with joyful tears;
one day from now
– in Heaven’s time –
there will be
a whole forest here.

© Rylan Skelly, August 2018


About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions – Eastern, Western, or in between; I’m genderqueer, and I’m comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I’m married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; I think far too much, and often have too many ideas to know what to do with; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions - Eastern, Western, or in between; I'm genderqueer, and I'm comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I'm married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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