I noticed you today
Don't know why I didn't before
You are a palm tree
Palm trees are nothing unusual
Plentiful in some places
But here, on this mountain
There is just one
You are an oddity here
Among all the other greenery
You stand alone and forlorn
Alone, Yet you've grown strong and tall
Do you mind being so odd?
Do you mind that you have to hold the fort alone?
There in that spot
I will never know
There might be others like you
The only one of their kind in these surroundings
But they don't stand out like you do
It seems the other varieties
Have the joy of like-natured companionship
But you are definitely unique
Even in placement and space
There is a gap between you and them
All others stand apart from you
Is it because you're unique, they ran away?
Did they not want to be near you?
Or did you not want to be near them?
Or were you the only one that could handle that place?
Do you feel alone?
You are far from the others on the surface
Yet you share the same soil
Perhaps you reach out and touch
Somewhere down deep where you go for nourishment
You are watered by the same rain
You were planted by the same Creator
Who are you to complain?
Who are you to resent?
Or to boast?
Each would be equally in vain
Live the you you were meant to be
Grow and flourish where you were planted
For your singularity
You will be noticed, despised, and perhaps admired too
I hope you can live beyond all these
Keep reaching up
Be your palm tree self
(Wrote most of this Oct. 4, 2010, not sure why I didn't finish...Was learning from the trees that day. Perhaps I'll complete the other post too...)