The Old Oak Tree – Poem


“You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.”
Rick Riordan

Hi guys,

I hope you’re all doing well today!

Before I begin, I just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone that reads, likes, comments, shares and follows my blog, it means the world to me. It’s just over two weeks since I decided to rebrand my blog and I’ve gone from 13 followers to 53. Literally cannot believe it, thank you for all of your continued support, especially my fellow book blogger friends!

As it’s Wednesday, here is another piece of creative writing. I decided to choose a poem this week as I published a short story last week – hope that’s okay!

As mentioned above, the poem makes a small reference to suicide, so please be aware of this if you choose to read the poem.

I hope you enjoy, as always feel free to subscribe and leave me a comment to let me know what you thought of the poem. I always appreciate the feedback – good or bad! 🙂

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The Old Oak Tree

The wind caresses the leaves of the old oak tree,
admiring the wonders she has seen.
Long abandoned by an outlaw in Sherwood Forest[1]
she observes each century as it changes scene.

The brook babbles beside singing echoes of the prior.
Fresh to drink, delicious and pure.
Of a tree once sacred to the great God Perun[2]
who quaked the ground with his tremendous roar.

People view the lake beside the old oak tree
from the future, present and past.
All emotionless, yet unaware that the forest
bared witness to the millions outcast.[3]

Her branches protect the children climbing up her frame,
praying the evils of their world disappear.
Their innocence beautiful, no sin to blame,
but she remembers those who hang limp each year[4].

History is observed by the old oak tree
as the hum of life flows by,
reminiscent of the past she slowly ages,
desperate for a world with no goodbye.

References made in the poem:
[1] Robin Hood apparently took refuge inside the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest.
[2] A God in Slavak mythology who thought oak trees to be sacred.
[3] Reference to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and the gas chamber the Nazi’s built in the surrounding forest. The ashes from the bodies of those that were gassed were placed in a small lake close to the two crematoria inside the concentration camp.
[4] Reference to suicide.

Poem explanation:

I know that poems can often be confusing and the meaning behind them can be difficult to understand, and although I want you to create your own ideas and thoughts from it, much like what the quote I chose for today’s blog says, I do want to explain The Old Oak Tree’s meaning slightly.

The poem represents history and the passing of time. Oak trees can live for up to 1,000 years. Given this, I decided to base the poem around what the tree has seen throughout its life and the significance of this. The oak tree can be interpreted as many different trees, as the events mentioned occur in different countries. The tree emphasises how important it is for us to never forget certain moments in history so that we can prevent similar things from happening again. The oak tree wants to do all that it can to protect the world from the evil it has seen throughout its lifespan.

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44 thoughts on “The Old Oak Tree – Poem

  1. Miki Schofell says:

    Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve visited your blog before but after browsing through some of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

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    • Ash Williams says:

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed it ☺️ I’m going to post a piece of creative writing most Wednesdays on this blog, I also posted a short story – A Walk Amongst Shadows, last week ☺️


  2. Jackie Nolan says:

    I really liked this. Thanks for including the poetry explanation. That was really helpful, especially to someone like me since poetry usually goes over my head. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. dsteenrod says:

    Wow. I really liked this. I admit, I have a hard time understanding poetry. I’m happy you added in the references and the explanation. It really made it so I could fully grasp what it was about. Beautiful poem. 💕

    Liked by 1 person

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