How many hues of green,
hues of brown
hide in your intrigued exteriority.
Your roots, telling the story
of braving weathers
Your patterned bark carved by life trials
growing more beautifully.
Still strong, vital
proudly glowing under the sun,
with faith in the truth,
truth that once again you will
stand tall with your branches spread
Majestically to weather all seasons
only becoming stronger and wiser!
Patricia Pretorius, pen name BL Dineo, resides in Cape Town. She believes that writing is not just a creative outlet, but one of the oldest and greatest healers.