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My Old Friend, The Sycamore



I lay my hands on her again.

Like that first time

After I’d watched gusts lift her up

Again and again

Stretching her roots as she

Hung on for dear life to the earth

Causing her to lean ever since

to the west, over the neighbor’s yard.

Some would have cut her down

To avoid the risk.

But she has leaned like that

For many years

Through many storms.

In time, she grew another trunk

Slender yet sturdy, in the opposite direction

To balance herself.

Her roots reach down deep

To hold her strong and steady.


When a big storm approaches,

I go to her

And lay one hand

 On her huge rough trunk.

My other hand rests

On the smooth young offshoot.

I feel the energy

That keeps my hands

Joined to her.

We share strength

And a quiet knowing.

She has been with me

longer than most people.

Standing strong in the wind


I wrote this for the sycamore tree that lives in my backyard. She’s still standing strong after Hurricane Matthew in spite of her westward lean. I imagined her roots holding on to the roots of the other trees during the storm.

After three days without electricity, the lights came back on Tuesday night. I’m still trying to catch up on blogs and emails. It will be a long time before I take electricity and warm showers for granted. But my friend and I never lost power.

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

9 thoughts on “My Old Friend, The Sycamore

  1. Happy to hear life’s returning to normal, and that your tree stood strong. I’ve done without electricity and water a few times in my life, you have my complete sympathy for that ordeal! Welcome back to normal life! Big hugs!

  2. Thanks, Deb. I’d saved lots of candles, and the weather was cool, so the cold shower was the worst part. But the third night we went to shower at a friend’s house. Three days was bearable, and we know we can cope. We also appreciate simple things more.

  3. I enjoyed your hommage to the Sycamore – and I liked how, from this frightening situation, your lesson learned was to appreciate simple things more. I did my Master’s in Forest Conservation (although I often seem to inadvertantly change it to Forest Conversation) – and on that note, here’s a link to a Ted Talk about something I learned about – that trees communicate with each other. Neat stuff!

    • “Forest conversation.” I love it! Looking forward to watching that video. Thanks, Harlon!

    • Thanks for this revealing Ted Talk, Harlon. I’m searching for a word or words to express my reaction to it. Excited. Sad. Appreciative. We are on the brink of so many things, so many possibilities. I’m going to do my best to only buy second hand wood products so as not to increase the demands on our forests.

  4. This is simply beautiful JoAnna..And I am so pleased you are all of you still standing my friend.. I am sure your own added energy linked to hers held her stronger still..
    Thank you for your beautiful message to my poem.. And I have been on holiday last week so apologies too for my delay in replying..
    I hope your property did not suffer too much damage.. Sending you love and Loved your old friend the sycamore.. 🙂 ❤

    • Thank you, Sue. no apologies needed. I hope you enjoyed your holiday! We didn’t have any damage to our property. Just a lot of limbs to clean up. Wires down in the neighborhood, but almost all fixed now. Feeling thankful.

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