Elegy for An Oak Tree

© 2018 by Abbie Johnson Taylor



It once stood in my back yard,

tall, majestic, graced by a treehouse.

This was the first to go,

since it was causing structural damage to the tree.

Then, the tree needed to be taken down

because it was leaning toward the house.

Now, there’s only an empty space

filled with sun and dirt.

But I still have memories

of sitting with the one I loved

in its shade on the patio.


The above poem was published in the May 7th issue of The Weekly Avocet, which can be downloaded here. I was inspired to write this poem years ago while doing an audio workout. The instructor said to stand like a tree, and I thought of the oak tree in my back yard. I wrote the poem while the tree was still there but revised it after the tree was taken down. It could use one more revision, since grass has since replaced the dirt. You can click the link below to hear me read it.


Elegy for an Oak Tree



Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

Photo Courtesy of Tess Anderson Photography

Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.


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