The Old Apple Tree

A salute to the wonders of youth and imaginations that have no limit.


The Old Apple Tree

What wonder lies

behind the eyes

of the child

not yet deceived?

Where impossible dreams,

though beyond their means,

are not imagined

but believed!

Where the old apple tree

that you and I would see

becomes a fortress

in the sky,

or a lookout’s nest

above waves that crest

and the “skull and bones”

does fly.

Where a spaceman awaits

those gantry gates

to release him

from their earthly hold.

Yes, adventures abound

far above that ground

until the reality of life

they behold!

So, let them now soar

for it’s not long before,

the apple tree will be

just that.

And that once fertile mind

will be lost for all time

as they will soon don

their grownup’s hat.


Jack Downing

Nov. 2015

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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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4 Responses to The Old Apple Tree

  1. Joyce Kilmer would love the poem

  2. Lovely and true.

    I was telling someone just last week that I wished I was the kid again with no worries.

  3. But Audrey, I fear for the youth and this nation’s future. Would we really want to start over knowing what we now know? Perhaps we were the last of the innocents, and lived the final farewell to imagination, Recent generations have and still are reliant upon technology to provide the imagery and excitement for them, but it’s just not the same as what we could do in the old apple tree. God bless you and your family with a joyous and wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Jake. .

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