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I was just a tiny sapling,
With roots so very small.
I had no buds or blossoms,
And felt no sunshine at all.

Then a short time ago,
I slowly became aware
Of you watching…smiling…
Quietly sitting there.

The forest around your life
Must have had so many trees.
Some of them were beautiful…
So why did you water me?

I’m content where I am growing now.
Don’t remove me from the scene.
I live because you care,
And you keep me evergreen!

And in the winter of my life,
Because of you I can always say…
I was always loved and cared for
And had sunshine in my day.

Maria Dryfhout
created in 2002©

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Written in the wee hours of a morning as I was reflecting back to the first moments of a relationship.


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I am wife, mom and grandma and enjoy all three parts of me. What started out as a hobby became a full blown passion for photographing anything. I am involved in 10 microstock sites and 4 online card stores where I sell my images on greeting cards. I also sell my cards in 3 local stores. After many hours and sticking with my dream, I am finally making decent money.

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  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerabout 7 years ago

    Wow Maria, that is strong and beautiful. I didn’t know you were a poet. I read this more then once. Wonderful!

  • Maria Dryfhout
    Maria Dryfhoutabout 7 years ago

    Who would have thought you would stumble across my poetry. I had to dig deep into the archives to find my created treasures… Thank you for taking the time to read my work.

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryabout 7 years ago

    As a former high school English teacher, Maria, I’d give you an A+ on this beautifully composed piece. Wonderful images; great precision in choice of words, packed with meaning. You’ve got to combine your photos and your poems; you’re a cardmaker waiting to be discovered!

  • coffeetea
    coffeeteaalmost 7 years ago

    This is very nice Maria, very sweet in memory, thanks for sharing. Susan

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleealmost 7 years ago

    what a beautiful poem!

  • Richard Lack
    Richard Lackalmost 7 years ago

    Struck a chord with me. We’ve just started a family and have chosen to call our new house Saplings.:-)
    Thank you !

  • Ulrikeart
    Ulrikeartalmost 7 years ago

    Thank you, so very beautiful

  • David A. Everitt (aka silverstrummer)
    David A. Everi...over 5 years ago

    You have a great talent within your writings Maria ………. they are so perfect in every way ……………………… I agree with every word that Bonnie has made ……… “great precision in choice of words, you’re a cardmaker waiting to be discovered!! Well done I congratulate you” – David :>))

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