Classic and Contemporary Poetry
THE IMMORTAL TREE, by GLADYS VONDY ROBERTSON
First Line: It stands alone on barren plane
Last Line: Distance, time, eternity.
It stands alone on barren plane,
And through its branches a wild refrain
Is sung by bitter, wintry blast
That howls and scowls in going past.
But still the leafless tree,
With reticence and majesty,
Defies the winds that pass it by,
And stalwart towers toward the sky.
When others bowed in depths of grief,
This one stood out in bold relief.
And now, although it stands alone,
It has a kinship of its own
With God and all that is to be --
Distance, time, eternity.
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