Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spring in the Smokies--By Tom Davis--United States

Spring in the Smokies

                   Spring rains soak
                  the Smokies,
                 swelling the Tuckasegee.

              An ancient sycamore
             leans like the Tower of Pisa
            from the river’s bank.
          Soon, huge green leaves will unfurl.

       How long can its roots
      hold fast against its weight?
    Only Mother Nature
  and the tree knows for sure,
and they aren’t talking.

In his younger years, Tom Davis served as a Special Force Combat Diver. It seems to him that he spent more time on, in, and under the water than as a landlubber. This and other adventures he has written about in his memoir, The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On: A March From Private to Colonel. http://www.oldmp.com/davismemoirs


  1. Hello, Tom! Fancy meeting YOU here! Your words paint a wondrous, glorious vision of the Smokies. Love how you put a touch of humor at the ending, too. Good to read you again, my friend. Sheri

  2. This captures spring in the Smokies. I love the ease of it. Writing something that reads so smooth is a rare talent. Thank you for your work.

  3. Hi Tom. Thank you for sharing "Spring in the Smokies." I hear the Smokie Mountains are indeed a sight to behold. I enjoyed your well-written poem. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

  4. Tom, I loved your "leaning of words" towards the amazing poem that this is. I can just see the sycamore tree that "isn't talking" and wonder with your picturesque write, just how long it will hold upright. Some how I feel, along with your immortal words, it will last forever.

  5. I love the Smoky Mountains!!! Last time we were there it rained quite a bit and created "waterfalls" that aren't normally there. It was beautiful! Your poem reminds how we need to enjoy the scenery for it can change at a moment's notice. Rain falls, time passes, erosion happens, trees fall, etc. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  6. I can see the scene from the description and from seeing similar ones in life's experience..I enjoyed reading this one today..Sara