The Tree of Life
1 The tree of all life divides The limbs and branches bifurcate, Yearning growth shall not subside The will of life will not abate 2 With men and leaves the same Our family lines divide Through this freely flowing vein Life’s hope, the young derive 3 The branch from which you grow Will tell you who is kin, And all those we truly know, Are those we call our friends 4 This simple truth of bloodline fire, No greater gift is known, Than knowing why our hearts aspire, To forever cherish our own. 5 Like leaves we live and fall, On branches we all abound The graves that catch us all, Are scattered on the ground 6 We all return to soil, This fate for both is known For seeds are grown like souls, In death new life is sown 7 The ties that bind us taut, Man’s family tree of souls Are like leaves naturally wrought, On branches perched on knolls 8 While deep within the roots descend, Life’s intercourse with ground At each and every sunray’s end, Stirs life, in mysteries bound 9 In this endless cycle of life, The past is future true The days follow the starlit nights, As the sun gives way to the moon 10 The tides slowly ebb and flow, As mountains rise and fall Winters warm to summers’ glow, And spring gives birth to all 11 Life’s chance is in the center Between the dark and light, Outward, it grows, from the inner As diverging patterns fight
12 The voids define the forms, And the chaos stirs the order For all opposing forces burn, Brightest at their border 13 To each and every living thing The call of life will enthrall, From the mysteries, up we spring, Then to them back we fall 14 The worm awaits its feast Our master in the ground, The most becomes the least Our death to dust is bound 15 Like leaves we have a season, We pass through life so fast And no one knows the reason, That youth and life can’t last 16 All life awaits its chance To grow and plant its seed, And hope the future grants Its single greatest need 17 To be a part of life With roots secured in ground, While through the bitter strife New hopes are made or found 18 To reproduce the best And minimize our faults, And through our lives attest, By that which we exalt! 19 To know of things greater Than the small part we play, To know what Creator Produced us from the fray 20 For leaves and men the same Our time is frail and brief, Cruelty has not been tamed Nor fairness worth belief 21 Some leaves wither and die, Because they grew too low And others, perched up reaching high, Shall never peaceful shadows know 22 For growing high, up above Has many sights unseen, Like the moist gift to all beloved, The silky-shaded dues that gleam
23 Some seem like perfect leaves With broad and beautiful forms, Yet caught up in a gentle breeze From life they may be torn 24 Most are average size and form, While others grow not well Some were diseased and deformed And quickly died and fell 25 The cycles of life will pass through Its purposes will be fulfilled, And when destiny wants to take you No matter what it will 26 Give yourself to this flow And enjoy the time as you wait, You may only resist to learn and grow But you cannot resist your fate 27 For nature is very resourceful Its mistakes are with pure intent, It is never at all remorseful And shall never through force relent 28 So do not fight its mighty plan Or force will be met with force, And in this yielding peaceful span Shall men then know their course 29 Life’s truth is so simple, Its purity is cold and divine, The skies are our holy temple Under which we are all entwined 30 We all yearn for knowledge The light we need to grow, We must however acknowledge, Some things, we cannot know 31 Once we accept our design Living in joy can then begin, This is the wisdom eluding mankind It is our pride, we must transcend 32 Take what life has to offer you And make it the best you can, And understand the simple truth That it is sufficient, to be a man 33 Accept your place in nature The truth, you will then plainly see, We’re but a melody, in one grand overture Like the rustling leaves of a tree.
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