The Weeping Willow

A Poem By Elizabeth Anne // 8/26/2011

The Weeping Willow

 

Why do you weep, oh weeping willow?

Why do I weep? I, the weeping willow?

I weep for the son of mankind

Who was killed on my kind.

 

Why do you sing, oh stone of the earth?

Why do I sing? I, the stone of the earth?

I sing for the son of the LORD

Who could not be stopped, though his blood was poured.

 

Why do you laugh, oh flower of the field?

Why do I laugh? I, the flower of the field?

I laugh for the Savior, who came to save.

He defeated death, and cheated the grave.

 

Then why do you weep, oh weeping willow?

Why do I weep? I, the weeping willow?

I weep because the son of mankind

Has left you behind.

 

Then why do you sing, oh stone of the earth?

Why do I sing? I, the stone of the earth?

I sing for the son of the LORD

Who gave you his Word.

 

Then why do you laugh, oh flower of the field?

Why do I laugh? I, the flower of the field?

I laugh for the Savior, who cheated the grave,

Who came as a child, and came to save.

 

Then why do you weep, oh weeping willow?

Why do I weep? I, the weeping willow?

I weep for those of mankind

Who refuse the son of mankind;

 

Those given his word,

The word of the LORD,

And still refuse

To hear the good news;

 

For those damned to hell,

With Satan as well-

The one to whom their souls they did sell

And so will be sent to the fires of hell.

 

Comments

Elizabeth, this is

Elizabeth, this is beautiful! It ends darkly, but honestly. I love the addressing of each thing and how they answer.

Welcome!!

Anna | Sat, 08/27/2011

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Thanks

Thank you!

Elizabeth Anne | Sat, 08/27/2011

See him with his books:
Tree beside the brooks,
Drinking at the root
Till the branch bear fruit.
See him with his pen:
Written line, and then,
Better thought preferred,
Deep from in the Word.
~John Piper

This is beautiful.

It is well written, with a simple elegance.  And I commend you for addressing the topic of hell -- most, out of fear, steer away from it and ignore its eternal reality; yet it is an esential part of understanding salvation.

James | Fri, 09/02/2011

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"The idea that we should approach science without a philosophy is itself a philosophy... and a bad one, because it is self-refuting." -- Dr. Jason Lisle

Well done!

 This is very good, Elizabeth! I think the second stanza is my favorite. It makes me think of the line in "A Mighy Fortress," 'The body they may kill, God's truth abideth still.' 

Well done! :) 

Kyleigh | Sat, 09/03/2011

:)

This is so beautiful, Elizabeth!! I love the message and the whole "weeping willow" thing. Great job!!

Lucy Anne | Tue, 10/02/2012

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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