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The trees are resigned to dying
and still they do not shrivel
against the brutal winds of August.
They reach out. Reach up. Grasp.

They etch out, as veins,
into the tender flesh of the sky
and pierce the sun with broken fingers
trying hard to warm aching bones

for their first and final days
of a life as a skeletal dream.
Trees know that tragedy is not death
but what we let die in us, in life.
I wish I did! Inspired by this photo's title and the last two lines were inspired by a quote I saw on facebook but I dont remember where </3 if you know let me know

♥ Kathryn O'Driscoll © 2013

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TwilightPoetess Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello!

As part of #TheTitlePage's Title Poem Project, I have used the title of this wonderful deviation in a poem you can find here:


Thank you so much! :heart:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
:D!
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wyldhoney Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well put, and a great ending! :star:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
thank you!
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WinterLeave Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful!
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
thank youuuu 
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WinterLeave Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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Deaths-Lament Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Brilliant :) Love the survival aspect and always staying strong :) And those last lines are awesome :) 
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
:) Thanks!
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analillithbar Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:icontreehuggerplz:
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LightrayPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. This is really moving. Great concept and imagery. 
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Thank you :tighthug:
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sciencevsart Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We are the only creatures to measure time, to watch it, to keep it. The bird knows when to sing its morning song; the dog knows when to retire from the hunt.

Only humanity indulges its many fears in time. We fear death, pain, failure, but of all the beings on this planet, only we have an all-consuming fear of time running out.

Lovely poem you have here.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
:tighthug: Thank you so much. You are right.
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Silver671 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Your work is amazing. I honestly don't have the words to describe how these reach me
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
:tighthug: I'm really glad you enjoyed this :tighthug: thank you so much
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zolozaku Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
I like it
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
:love: I'm so glad! Thank you :]
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zolozaku Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
haha it was good
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EAT-TOAST Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Writer

T-t-t-this w-w-w-would be s-s-s-soo muchhhhh bet-t-t-ter if it wasn't so freaking c-c-c-cold outside!

 

:D

 

Although I like summer you just can't beat aweomse imaagery like this.

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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
:giggle:
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FenrirRose Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the second stanza and your metaphors there. Really enjoyed your poem overall ^-^
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Thank you so much :tighthug:!
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FenrirRose Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome
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MagicalJoey Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Writer
Kate your poetry is so inspiring. It makes me want to write and improve. (Not so that I can be better than you, but you know).
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
:giggle: You are so silly :tighthug:
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lupus-astra Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Did you just give me feels for trees? Yes. You did.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
treeees trees on the raaaange :sing:
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SMAdams Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is such a wonderful and beautiful piece. Soft but poignant imagery. :heart:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
:D Thank you hon :tighthug:
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SMAdams Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Of course! :heart:
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Writer
There is such beauty and character in trees...
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
True! :)
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AlexRider-00Nothing Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful.  I really liked the "trying to warm aching bones" because my hands are always so cold :)
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
:) thank you so much!
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notCindyChen Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
can't tell you how much I enjoyed this. (:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Ill assume its a fair amount and be thrilled nonetheless! :giggle: thank you :love:
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RoseScarlet Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Writer
;; humans are mass murderers.
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Phantasm1 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Striving when you know you are to die that is brave.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Nods... We're all going to die one day though. I find myself so bent under the strain of worry, which is basically fear in disguise, which is fear of harm, which is fear of death. So much fear... that I'm not sure its living.
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Phantasm1 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah I suppose we are, and if you don't believe in an afterlife its scary (and if you do its still scary because dying tends to hurt). And either way you still have to go on living because that's what life is for, to make the most of what you have, but if you're always fearing death, and worrying about it, its hard. And I'm just rephrasing what you're saying :hug:.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Hehe :tighthug:
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Phantasm1 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:cuddle:
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BekkaTora Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student General Artist
This is beautiful!
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
:love: Oh, thank you so much!
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Trees are simple. We are complex. It's just that simple.
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