Wisdom of the Palm Tree

Blogger Friends, I lay no claim to being a poet. These are simply wise words I heard the palms whisper to me. —Lake Worth, FL – 2.15.15

Wisdom of the Palm Tree

Graceful palms, you speak to me today
Beneath warm sunshine
And a gentle breeze that
Causes you to gently sway.

You willingly bend wherever
The breeze takes you and
With whatever comes your way
Just like a willow.

When hurricanes come, I watch
You bow beneath the whipping winds that
Nearly break you at times, yet you remain
Always graceful despite the frantically snapping air.

You have no inner voice that rants,
“Why me? This is not fair!”
You bow and bend with whatever life brings,
Freely sharing your wisdom: what is, is.


About Mary Jo Doig

Mary Jo Doig was the first in her family to attend college and graduated from the State University at Oneonta in New York’s Catskill Mountains with a degree in Secondary English Education/Educational Psychology. There she fell in love with rural life, remained, and eventually transitioned from city girl to country woman when she married a dairy farmer and raised their three children on their small family farm. A life-long lover of reading and writing, Mary Jo has for nearly twenty years been a member of the Story Circle Network. There she has been an editor, a women’s writing circle facilitator, a book reviewer, and life-writing enthusiast, working extensively with women writing their life-stories while writing her own memoir. Presently, she is a three-time Program Chair for SCNs national Stories from the Heart conference and a board member. She also facilitates Older Women’s Legacy workshops and a women’s life-writing circle in her area communities. Her stories have appeared in Kitchen Table Stories anthology, Story Circle Annual Anthologies, and most recently her story “I Can’t Breathe” was published in the Anthology, Inside and Out: Women’s Truths, Women’s Stories. Her work also appears in varied blogs and periodicals, on her blog Musings from a Patchwork Quilt Life (https://maryjod.wordpress.com), Facebook, and Twitter. Her son and two daughters grown, Mary Jo presently treasures her country life in Virginia’s Central Shenandoah Valley. She loves cooking (and eating!) healthy food, reading, writing, quilting, hiking, and spending quality time with her rescue cats, Button and Xena, and beagle, Addie, who each dream of being only children. Her first book, Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss, will be published in October, 2018 by She Writes Press.
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6 Responses to Wisdom of the Palm Tree

  1. ABBY NOVEMBER says:

    lovely visual and poignant.


  2. Sue rosher says:

    Just coming in from shoveling snow and braving the blustery winter winds, (do you remember?). The palm’s wisdom and picture reminded me that it will once again be warm again here but in the meantime I should buy a ticket to a warmer part of the country. Enjoy the sun on your face and in your heart sue


    • Mary Jo Doig says:

      Sue, Oh, yes, I remember snow and driving over two major s-curved mountains to and from work, until the winter came when I said, “No more!”) But now spring’s here and we are all smiling and our hearts are opening like the crocus and daffodils and…. life is good. Look forward to seeing you this year! Thanks for visiting.


  3. Elaine Ercolano says:

    Are you in Florida now? If so, enjoy and I wish I were as it is bitter cold here is Center Moriches.
    I will try to remain the “Words of Wisdom of the Palm Tree” as I cope.


    • Mary Jo Doig says:

      Elaine, I squeaked home a week late(I was there 3 weeks) after finding a brief two day window to drive back to VA. I learned this year that an important way for me to cope with winter is to get away to warmth. It gave me an amazing lift. And now spring’s here…. Hope you and yours are loving it as much as I. Nice to talk again. Thanks!


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