Maple Tree

A maple tree begins as a seed.
The soil bears nourishment and water gives life.
The sun brings opportunity.
Grow, child.

The maple tree grows.
Your branches reach for Heaven and seek the Sun.
Your leaves turn red and burn the sky.
The fire will not touch you.
Slow, child.

The rain pours down and threatens to break you.
Your roots are strong.
Water drops fall from your leaves like tears come down.
Your colors change, but strength remains.
Take the fruit and plant the seeds.
Go, child.

-Ashley Phillips

Ashley Phillips has a Master’s degree in Education. She is passionate about creative writing and has self published literature for children.