The Oak Tree
by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr.
A mighty wind blew night and day.
It stole the Oak Tree's leaves away.
Then snapped its boughs
and pulled its bark
until the Oak was tired and stark.
But still the Oak Tree held its ground
while other trees fell all around.
The weary wind gave up and spoke,
"How can you still be standing Oak?"
The Oak Tree said, I know that you
can break each branch of mine in two,
carry every leaf away,
shake my limbs and make me sway.
But I have roots stretched in the earth,
growing stronger since my birth.
You'll never touch them, for you see
they are the deepest part of me.
Until today, I wasn't sure
of just how much I could endure.
But now I've found with thanks to you,
I'm stronger than I ever knew.
This blog is dedicated to women and the strength that comes from our most trying moments. Our hope for this blog is to reach out and learn from one another. We want this to be an arena of hope and expression, where we can feel free to share our experiences and vulnerabilities without reservation.
There is strength in numbers. And after all, we all affect each other. Let's strengthen one another's roots and not create harsh wind.