Good Timber

Good Timber

The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.

Where thickest lies the forest growth,
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.

by Douglas Malloch

I used this poem back in high school for part of a youth leadership group project.  I had no idea it would come back to me so poignantly in adulthood.  I guess you just never know what the deep recesses of your mind will conjure up exactly in your time of need.

I do know this, however:  I’m putting down roots and digging in for the stormy season ahead.

I will survive this, and I will be better for it.

Bring.  It.  On.

7 comments on “Good Timber

  1. Stupid Stork
    July 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Love it.


  2. Shelley
    July 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    I adore this. Thank you for posting it today – I needed to read this!


  3. D
    July 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing. This was lovely and so truthful.


  4. Katie
    July 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Totally needed this today!!!


  5. cassiedash
    July 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Love love love this! It is the embodiment of one of my favorite sayings: “Without struggle, there is no strength.” THANK YOU for sharing and for reminding us all that we will become stronger because of the storms we are weathering.


  6. Heather M
    July 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Thank you!I love reading your blog for it’s humor as well as it’s honesty. I appreciate posts like this that give hope to what we’re going through will end up paying off in the end.



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