Beneath the Willow Tree

by Thomas Davis

Beneath the willow tree she lies down
beside the river that runs to the sea,
near the reeds and long stems of grasses
that fall gently to the flowing waters.

Has there ever been a woman so graceful?
She lies her head back and her hair cascades
Like willowy branches upon the bark of the willow.
She stirs, and her body moves in dance.

O, let the rain fall down from the skies!
Invite the thunder into the place of your house!
Rejoice that the sun is the cock of the morning!
Laugh when the wind blows through the trees!

My love is like a strumming banjo!
Touch her, and she responds with movement!
Speak to her, and her voice lifts in song!
O heart and soul of my love, do you hear?

Note: The love poems I am posting are from the earliest days of what is now a love affair that is 45 years old. I am looking back in time and celebrating who Ethel and I were when we were young and who we have been through all these years of our lives.


Filed under Poetry, Thomas Davis

12 responses to “Beneath the Willow Tree

  1. Julie Catherine

    Thomas, it’s pure joy to read these early poems that celebrate yours and Ethel’s early years together – so passionate and romantic, I love this! 🙂

  2. timelessly lovely. ~jane

  3. Thomas this brought tears to my eyes! Such passion and love in every line. Beautiful !

  4. Caddo Veil

    Wonderful, just so wonderful!

  5. Scriptor Obscura

    What a beautiful, beautiful poem this is, Thomas. I love the way you write. The images in this poem are wonderful.

  6. Thomas, I bet Ethel was swept away by these beautiful love poems. This one simply makes me smile and sigh at the beauty of such a lovely romance!

  7. Anna Mark

    Beautiful expression of love!

  8. You must have been a right smooth talker in the courting days….,

  9. Every word, every line of this poem expresses the enchantment and love that you felt and still feel for Ethel. And anyone who has visited here and ‘met’ you both cannot help but rejoice that you found each other and still cherish each other!

  10. Hints of the Song of Solomon. How beloved and blessed you both are. Thank you for sharing these.

  11. I hear echoes of my own. What higher or truer praise, Thomas?
    Thank you so much for uncovering this gem.

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