The Oak and the Rose, Poem by Shel Silverstein

I was stumbling from blog post to blog post tonight and stumbled across this great poem by Shel Silverstein. He wrote a fabulous book called “The Giving Tree”, which is really worth reading. He has an incredible mind and wit. xx Rowena

Silver Birch Press

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THE OAK AND THE ROSE 

by Shel Silverstein

An oak tree and a rosebush grew, 
Young and green together, 
Talking the talk of growing things —
Wind and water and weather. 
And while the rosebush sweetly bloomed 
The oak tree grew so high 
That now it spoke of newer things —
Eagles, mountain peaks and sky. 
“I guess you think you’re pretty great,”
The rose was heard to cry, 
Screaming as loud as it possibly could 
To the treetop in the sky. 
“And now you have no time for flower talk, 
Now that you’ve grown so tall.” 
“It’s not so much that I’ve grown,”  said the tree, 
“It’s just that you’ve stayed so small.”

Painting: “Two Gibbons in an Oak Tree” by Yi Yuanji (1000-1064)

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