Sequoia and Humble Beginnings

by Belinda Munoz on May 31, 2011

Little seeds –
fallen to the ground
roots poking,
earth prodding,
rays of light nurturing life –
becoming redwoods.

Weathered red
worn with green and grace.
Earth clasps hands
with heaven.
Behold such majesty from
humble beginnings.


More Shadorma (sestet with the following syllabic pattern: 3/5/3/3/7/5) for One Shot Wednesday.


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Talon May 31, 2011 at 7:52 am

Oh, this is so lovely, Belinda. I hope to see the redwoods one day. It must be something else to tip your head back and look up at their canopy and think of all the life they have witnessed.


2 ayala May 31, 2011 at 11:49 am

I love this. I felt their majesty in Muir was inspiring and amazing :)


3 Mama Zen May 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm

This is lovely!


4 Sara Healy May 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm


Well, now I get to see a beautiful picture of these trees and read your Shadorma poem. I’m impressed. I loved these lines,
“Earth clasps hands
with heaven.
Behold such majesty from
humble beginnings.”

Wow. That evokes such a wonderful image:~)


5 brian May 31, 2011 at 3:22 pm

all that from a little seed…a bohemeth…love the clasping hands with heaven…great image of how tall they become and of course the spiritual seed planting…


6 tolbert May 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm

“Earth clasps hands
with heaven.”

Beautifully illustrated, wonderfully written. It takes a joint
effort from heaven and earth to produce the beauty of these
trees, crowned with majesty, as you have said. Thanks for
this one.


7 Anthony Desmond May 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm

great poem.. creates a beautiful earthy image I enjoyed immensely


8 Cathy May 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Ah California Redwoods – there is nothing in nature that inspires me more, except maybe a New England Fall.


9 Elizabeth Young May 31, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Great poem about potential, kind of like poems or pieces of writing. They may be small, but have the power to grow into mighty redwoods!


10 jinksy June 1, 2011 at 5:15 am

Great rhythm in the first shadorma, and a lovely photo to match.


11 Pat Hatt June 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

Yes from a little seed
Come a whole area treed
Spreading like wild fire
Preventing things from being dire
Very good write here at your place
Glad I showed my face


12 Fr. Michael June 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

I use the image of the redwood in a homily that I give to the freshmen students at the school where I’m chaplain. The theme of our retreat is “community.” I talk about how the roots of the redwood go only about 11-13 feet deep…but they extend 60-80 feet outward and link up with the other roots. That’s how they get their strength. Great image!


13 Claudia June 1, 2011 at 11:27 am

wow – indeed such majesty from
humble beginnings….i haven’t seen such trees in my life…they’re amazing and your words do them justice belinda


14 Kristen @ Motherese June 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

What beautiful imagery you evoke, Belinda.

I always think of tiny seeds growing into majestic trees as a perfect metaphor for little children growing into powerful adults (but that might just be because I spend most of my time with three kids). :)


15 Olivia June 2, 2011 at 1:20 am

Oh yesss… humble and huge too- magnanimous!
Indeed they carry a raw energy within a seed and spring up from nowhere keeping firmly rooted!

Wonderful tribute!
Hugs x


16 Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri June 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Lovely imagery Belinda. I like the picture of the earth holding hands with heaven. Nicely done.


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