What does it take …?

I run my hands over many layers of bark. They are sharp. I didn’t expect them to any otherwise. The bark is dry. I look up.

For a height that seems insurmountable, the bark and the wood beneath extends above my head. I arch my neck.

Many feet above, there is green.

What does it take to stand tall ? Without being upset with the wind or whining about the sun ?

What does it take to take to the withering that time brings with ease?

How does it feel to grow leaves, shed them every year, and regrow every year.

What does it take to stand tall and provide shade to the child and to the wood http://healthsavy.com/product/soma/ cutter with equanimity? Without pausing to think of how much is there to be given.

When the height is immense and the vastness so mighty, how deep must the roots run ? How much grounding is necessary for the height to stay high?

How old yet so full of life. And hope.

Why must a tear form in the corner of my eye. As I run my hands over bark and arch my neck and try to look at its zenith?

Indeed, what does it take to stand tall?

Impromptu words that flowed from a borrowed pen on to a spare tissue paper. Chancing a tree in a deep wood and thinking of appa & amma.

12 thoughts on “What does it take …?

  1. Pearl says:

    That was so lovely, Kavi.

    The part about the tree offering shade to the child and the woodsman alike — that has lodged itself in my head. I wonder how that thought will manifest itself…


  2. Pearl says:

    I DID just comment, didn’t I?


  3. Kavi. Lump in the throat. My heartfelt namaskars to the Great Tree that inspired this .

    So many seasons
    deeply etched
    on the
    upright trunk;
    little squirrel holes
    for the
    littlest one
    to climb;
    branches and leaves
    indulgently bending
    to encourage and applaud
    the dedicated
    tentative steps.

    He will learn,
    in time,
    that the real climbing
    happens in the mind.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Well-written and moving. The tear speaks for the impeccable upbringing you have had. They have done you very well.

  6. Roshni says:

    Makes us feel so small and insignificant, no?! Lovely thoughts in this post!!

  7. Jeevan says:

    Beautiful! Mesmerized!

  8. Insignia says:

    Thoughtful Kavi 🙂 I had similar thoughts when I saw those redwood trees in CA.

  9. ladyfi says:

    Fabulously inspiring!

  10. Anonymous says:

    just came back to say that your imagery reminded me of the Tree from ‘Avtar’


  11. :-Dee says:

    What does it take to stand tall? – Stepping up… 🙂 Nice post!

  12. Megha Sarin says:

    It touched my heart! Thought-provoking post!

    We should look up to those strong trees.


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