The Will to Survive
The old oak tree stands tall
reflects the assault of the seasons
heat and snow
of seasons yonder
grate at its surface
with diamond sharp teeth.
Leaving permanent marks.
In defiance the tree stretches,
and moves skyward.
Its roots reach around rocky obstacles
Firmly anchoring itself the earth.
Exerting strength and desire.
Forcing its viability
to grow into yet another season
Roots that are deeply implanted
and inhospitable soil
Forcefully create a home
And the tree proclaims:
“I am a tree
I am from the earth
will supplant my desire to leave
I remain where I belong”
Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed., LCPC, CADC
Psychotherapist & National Seminar Trainer