Little tree, I do meet, perchance, strolling on a summer day
Your fruit plentiful, with youthful blush you flourish
But what of these limbs when winter bares and night winds blow
No color then, nor overflowing branches to shade this ground
Harvest complete, or so it seems
Stark against the snow covered earth, icy crystals now your charm
Proudly you endure another season still
Sun watches as air so sweet interacts, calling forth this life unseen
Then thawed and bathed, such a bounty of buds appear! An offering of hope
And reminder our days are numbered
Another day will test our strength
O Wisdom of the Vine, You do remind
As long as we remain connected, we still bear fruit
—Poem originally posted August 23, 2018.
Fruitful Growth: “make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance, and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive.”
I love 2 Peter 1:1-5 when I begin to grow weary or lose hope in my efforts to keep growing and being productive and effective in my work and life. Onward! Yes!