“The Tree of Your Life” by Jane Beal

mt120-winter-2016 My poem, “The Tree of Your Life,” now appears in Midwifery Today 120 (Winter 2016), 4.

POEM: 

The tree of your life
has deep roots in the earth
and branches sky-high:

like a mother’s placenta
imprinted dark red
on a white piece of paper –
like da Vinci’s Renaissance drawings of man:
a microcosm in the macrocosm
of the universe –
like an ancient parable of a mustard seed
that springs up into eternity
where souls, like birds, find their home.

Every green leaf of your tree
holds the veins of memory,
open and thriving with sap:

so that even when the leaf ages in autumn,
turns red, then golden, then brown,
and falls, crackling under careless feet,
a powerful wind comes and carries away
the precious molecules of your tree-dust,
in which every cell holds the DNA
of the past that fertilizes the future
and the new seeds, the tiny seeds, implanted
and growing in a garden of love.

Today, the tree of your life is already grown tall
in heaven, lifting up its branches with the angels
and singing with the wind because

your birth-dreams are being fulfilled
     in Time and Eternity.

Jane Beal
Commissioned by Cathy Daub
President, BirthWorks International

for Michel Odent

Published by Jan Tritten
Editor, Midwifery Today

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