Voice of Silver

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Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California.

From the children’s nursery comes a Silver Voice:
“The Willow Tree seems lost now, and you have no choice
But to seek until you find her, seek both near and far,
Seek beneath the stump and boulder, seek where dragons are.
Do not let unrest dissuade you from the task at hand.
Courage, sister! Courage, brother! Don’t you understand
That skies and stars and planets all depend on you?
Gird yourselves with courage, and do what you must do!
Destroy fierce Dragon Burdock that threatens Willow’s ways;
Then, with all things great and small, in peace live out your days.”
We hear you, Voice of Silver, we hear you, Voice of Old;
With courage as our mantle, we’ll do as we are told.

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #185
More Poetry Pantry #426 at Poets United

Posted on October 28, 2018, in Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Rhyming poetry, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. that skies and stars and planets all depend on you?.. what a wondrous message to give a child!

  2. Kestril Trueseeker

    We all need a little pep talk like this every once and awhile.

  3. Cosseted children need such advice to take on the world else their life will be a disappointment especially when age tells them they have missed out on the chance to aim for the stars.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      “Cosseted children.” I know the world is full of them. I just haven’t heard them called by that term for a while. Sweet!

      On Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 4:43 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  4. We all need a little boost of confidence every now and then 🙂 💞

  5. We all have to keep that courage. ‘Skies and planets’ do depend on us…..we must take on the ‘task at hand’ with a vengeance!


    Fierce. As if nature is in a mythical battle and we re part of it!

  7. A lovely rhyme — the storytelling is so good in this. 🙂

  8. There is a magic in that voice that calls us to action.

  9. What a wonderful rhyme to tell the story of simple happenings in your ecosystem. Yes Voice of Silver ought to be heard
    Happy Sunday, thanks for dropping by my sumi-e Sunday today


  10. A really lovely poem….and thank you for your response to my post. I’ve been having trouble commenting?

  11. Beverly Crawford

    “Gird ourselves with courage and do what we must do” … a graphic depiction of aging!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I hadn’t thought of that, but you’re right! (Some days it’s hard to get going, isn’t it?)

      On Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 9:59 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  12. This is such a lovely poem. The song within it is a beautiful, magical inspiration.

  13. Pat: willow88switches

    I love the airy feel to this piece – even as the message is rather “strict” and focused for the rallying. The rhyming certainly adds to the lyricism – and it most definitely carries within it the weight in the great traditions of fables and fairy tales. Nature works itself out in its own battles and ways. And so too, we have lessons to be gleaned.

  14. Wow! Overwhelming! And yet, it’s a gently given imperative. If children know this from the get-go, it is so very possible and loving.

  15. This is very gorgeous….I love all the trees conversing……..the willow is a favourite of mine…….there is great truth to the survival of at least this planet depending on trees………..hopefully humans will help them in their struggle……….your photo is most beautiful.

  16. Lovely in all sorts of ways, especially in its fairy-tale quality.

  17. Perfect fairy tale tone–sweet and almost gentle for one side, lethal and destructive for the other.

  18. Dragon Burdock? Leaves me wondering is life a game and only the strong survive. Luckily, a willow is flexible and can bend in times of change.

  19. Whoa! I didn’t recognize you! This is quite the “evocative” side. This is so real I want to read more… : )

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