Be like a tree, she said to me
and keep me always in your shade.
Spread your roots wide beneath us
and hold me firm to the home we have made.
Sew your seeds to the moist morning weeds
and bear fruit for us both to savor.
Offer sun and rain as the saplings soon feed
and shower them with leaves of your favor.
Reach for the sky as your branches grow high
and experience all that life has to offer.
Lend support as we climb and try to decide
on the bounty of nature you will proffer.
Protect us from the storm as we rise and take form,
through each passing season we grow.
Soon spring will reprieve what autumn must leave,
your life's legacy we are sure to know.