The Willow’s Lament

     The following has been posted before, but as I re-read it I decided some editing was called for, but the context is the same, with just a bit of word shuffling and emending.

     I am hopeful that you will like it just the same.

Make your Monday meaningful,


"The willow weeps for no one but itself".

“The willow weeps for no one but itself”.


The willow weeps for no one,

but itself,

While the mighty oak,

is destined for the shelf,

and the fir has a coat that holds

not warmth or wealth,

still the maple bleeds in springtime,

for its health.


The water falls from heights

without harm,

and wayward streams become

the river’s arms,

reaching places man has never seen,

yet if you listen

you may hear,

the willow’s scream.


The eagle soars to find,

what’s on the ground,

while man flies faster,

than the sound,

yet not knowing that

which he has found.

While the willow cries on earth,

to which it’s bound.


                                                                      Jack Downing

                                                                         Nov. 2009

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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9 Responses to The Willow’s Lament

  1. I really really really really like this one!!! Really!!!!

  2. loopyloo305 says:

    Beautiful! I don’t remember which culture it is, but the willow represents protection from evil and they usually plant them on either side of the doorway! God bless you Jake!

  3. I miss your blog, Jake! Sorry I haven’t been here for a while. Regards to reverend Jack.

    • Aina my friend,it is so nice to hear from youat long last.I hope that everything isgoing your way these days and that you are keepingwell. Thank you for your comment, and I will pass on your regards to Reverend Jake when I hear from him again, it’s been a long absence by him as well. Stay safe, Jake.


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  5. adeeyoyo says:

    Really love the way you expressed these complex thoughts, Jake.

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