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05-29-2009 01:56 PM

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Just thought I would share this poem by by Douglas Malloch, which was sent to me today by a good friend.

Good Timber

The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.

Where thickest lies the forest growth,
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.

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#1 posted 05-29-2009 01:59 PM

Very nice Tony!

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#2 posted 05-29-2009 03:28 PM

That is really cool, thanks for posting it.

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#3 posted 05-29-2009 03:42 PM

nice poem ,
good share .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 05-29-2009 03:58 PM

Thank you, I needed that today…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 05-30-2009 03:25 AM

very well done in deed

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#6 posted 05-30-2009 03:38 PM

Tony , this is wonderful ! Thank you and your friend for sharing your thoughts with us : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 12-09-2013 04:42 AM

Thanks Tony! Loved it.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#8 posted 12-09-2013 08:35 AM

Love it. Beautifully constructed poem. Hits the bulls-eye without effort.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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