Guest post from Aotearoa / New Zealand by Ana Lisa de Jong

This poem by Ana Lisa de Jong and the accompanying photograph by Alexander Harding have moved me today, not Sunday, but the Sabbath in any day.

The bird song has broken down
the temple walls,
that the life might stream out.

Sweet bird on a humble branch
delicate and unobtrusive.
Against the great quiet
your morning voice
has caused something to shift.

The birth and death of stars
hardly compares
to your small form,
flitting through leaves
like a dancing shaft of light.

There is something in me
that forgoes the crowd,
that does not anywhere belong,
Though of the great body
I am formed.

But your presence on the branch,
shows me that the walls
are all down.
Broken by creations
propensity to expand.

Life that runs through every
living thing
rises in me like sap.
As like a great living tree
I stand in beams of grace

which fall
where I stand.

Ana Lisa de Jong      Living Tree Poetry  August 2018

Sing O heavens for the Lord has done this wondrous thing.
Shout O earth; break forth into song, O mountains
and forests yes, and every tree….’
Isaiah 44:23

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5 Responses to Guest post from Aotearoa / New Zealand by Ana Lisa de Jong

  1. betsy says:


  2. Isn’t it funny when we come across poems we wrote, even not that long ago but have forgotten writing, because we write so many, and our first response is, ‘Gosh, did I write that?’ Thank you again for sharing Maren 🙂 xx

  3. Reblogged this on Living Tree Poetry and commented:
    My friend Maren Tirabassi is worth following. Her poetry always makes me stop and think and gets deep into the heart. Here she has shared one of mine.

  4. Maren says:

    That happens to me all the time .. though also the noticing of grammatical mistakes I made in past poems — that happens, too.

  5. Yes, me too, re the grammar! Especially in books I’ve published!

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