Maybe a tree of some kind.


He says he doesn’t

know why, but I do.

He is strong and firm,

But the roughest winds

could still knock him down.


is still and peaceful,

But give him the chance

and he will sing like rustling


He provides a shelter, a shade

when life is too overwhelming

But he could take it all away

without warning.

He gives life to everything

around him, but gets just as

much in return. He is loved


he takes advantage in knowing

so. People try to rescue him

or preserve him because they

think he is unstable, but he has


seen the appeal in getting

help from others. He stands

alone, but he stands straight.

Even after falling or breaking:

he, after some time, always

comes back.



Vivian Isabel is a student at Mary Baldwin University pursuing degrees in English and Theatre, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching. She hopes to teach high school English and write a bit on the side. She has previously been published in issues two and five of the White Ash Literary Magazine. The majority of her works are inspired by people in her life.