Shade Tree

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SHADE TREE

A tree always a tree,
That shadows forth his shade to me.

The tree of Eden long before
Tempting those who longed for more
Knowledge, power, experience,
But lacking trust, lacking sense.

A tree, always a tree
That shadows forth his shade to me.

The burning bush
Could Moses see
More than curiosity
Ablaze with all infinity.

A tree always a tree
That shadows forth his shade to me.

That terrible Terebinth
Oh Absalom, a tithing tenth
Ensnared in branches as he went,
The royal robe of David rent.

A tree, always a tree,
That shadows forth his shade to me.

Elijah lost and on the run
A broom tree shading from the sun
He prayed to die but fell asleep
And angel’s food his soul did keep.

A tree always a tree
That shadows forth his shade to me.

Ezekiel’s cedar of Lebanon
Which once was here but now is gone
Cut down by ruthless foreign foes
A symbol of the chosen’s woes.

A tree always a tree
That shadows forth his shade to me.
Moaning Jonah could not see
The tree-like vine, God’s mercy
And so it withered and it died,
And Jonah sulked and Yahweh cried.

A tree always a tree
That shadows forth his shade to me.

Isaiah saw Eden’s door
Fertile fig trees, no more war
But exiles failed to take the hint
Returned to fight, hope misspent.

A tree always a tree
That shadows forth his shade to me.

The cursed fig of Jesus’ day
Sign of judgment on the way
Blighted when it bore no fruit
Unplanted souls without a root

A tree always a tree
That shadows forth its shade to me.
The cross a tree on which he hung
Bearing the curse of which they sung
‘His ways are not ours, our eyes can not see,
The logic of love nailed to a tree.’

A tree always a tree
That shadows forth his shade to me.

And then at last Jerusalem
Where rivers flow and kingdoms come
The tree of life, twelve fruits it bears
Medicinal leaves that heal the cares.

A tree always a tree
That shadows forth his shade to me.

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