The Mighty Oak In the forest, once, a mighty oak Stood tall among the trees His branches reached out for the sun His roots sank deep beneath One day, as he looked down below Upon the forest floor He saw a creature there that he Had never seen before The creature seemed to care for him And so he let it near He gave it shelter from the rain And learned to hold it dear But then one day, to his surprise The creature struck a blow The mighty oak could feel the pain And a shudder far below The dew that gathered on his leaves Like teardrops touched the ground As, shaken by the creature’s blows They started raining down The creature finally left. The great oak’s trunk Had been to strong And though a piece had been cut out He found that he could still go on But he knew that he could not withstand Another such attack So he raised a thorny fence around To keep the creature back As time passed on, his strength returned Though a part of him was lost And he raised his eyes beyond the fence Never guessing at the cost For just outside, a princess stood So tired and lost. Afraid I beg you mighty oak, she said Let me rest there in your shade The fence that he had built just seemed To quiver at her voice And as it fell, he thought Perhaps, at last, I might rejoice He never even noticed that There, gleaming in her hand Was the sharpest ax the world has known ‘Til he felt the first blow land Now the wound had been reopened And the pain went twice as deep And the mighty oak felt anger at The betrayal, there beneath So he swung a hardened bough And swept the princess from his side And he built a towering wall of stone Where a mighty oak could hide And he vowed to never let another Creature come inside And he lived there with his pain Inside that wall Until he died
Richard D. Scarberry's Questions:
I was devestated at a young age by a divorce I did not want. But I
managed to get custody of my baby daughter. When she was fourteen, she
chose to go and live with her mother. Thus the double blows to the
mighty oak. My questions are:
1. Did the meaning come through clearly?
2. How could I have, or even, should I have, made the specific application more apparent?