The Leaving Tree

It is a sad place we come to, a place we go to when we are beyond tears and we feel frozen inside.  It is a place of healing where we can feel what we feel without explanations.  It is barren like our hearts, a place where we can embrace our despair and own the grip it has upon us.  I will sit here for a while then I will say no more.  I will leave this place behind because I have felt the emptiness, the sorrow and wrapped my soul around it then I let it go.  I sit at the foot of the leaving tree, a place where we leave behind the things that hurt us and became an obstacle to our happiness.

Deep within the forest, far beyond the traveled roads there sits a stone cottage with a walled garden.  Just beyond the garden sits the most amazing tree.  It is an old oak tree with branches that reach the heavens.  At the base of the tree, there is a small plaque.  Written on it are the words “Lay your burdens upon this ancient tree.  The roots are deep and the branches are strong.  We will carry your cast-off burdens so that you may continue upon your journey.  Leave them behind here on the leaving tree.”

As I gaze upon this tree I see so many things that were left behind, the burdens were many, pain, sadness, loneliness and sorrow.  Even higher in the tree, I saw hate, cruelty, deception, and untruths.  Yet I could see the tree was strong and could hold many burdens.  That night I hung upon the tree many burdens to be left behind.  I slept in the garden that night, a peaceful relaxing unburdened sleep overcame me and I knew peace.

The next morning my steps were light and my heart open to receive the joy and beauty that I felt in abundance.  I knew that someday I would need to come back to the cottage deep within the forest and add more to the leaving tree, but today I walk forward, a song within me, a poem unwritten and sandy shores yet to be walked upon.  The sounds of birds singing fill the air and the path is smoother now and in the distance I see the first rays of dawn slipping between the trees, the first light of a new day.

Point Of View

On our journey in life, we travel a very long way, after all, it is a lifetime journey.  We start our journey looking for adventure, for knowledge, success and most of all love and happiness.  We have to be mindful that on our journey we don’t collect more than we can carry.  We must travel light so as to not overburden ourselves by collecting things we really don’t need.  It is imperative that we regularly take an inventory of what we carry, purging those things that have become troublesome and are an obstacle impeding our travels and slowing us down, even stopping us for long intervals of time.

We must embrace our pain, hang it upon the leaving tree then walk toward the coming dawn and the promise of light.  We must unburden ourselves from our sorrow in order to feel life’s boundless joy.  Come walk with me toward the light and leave your burdens upon the leaving tree.


Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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    • Thank you my friend. The Knights Templar started that tradition. They had to had to go to a temple and leave everything behind tied to a tree in the courtyard before they could be knighted

  1. And as I walk away from the leaving tree my smile became brighter, my steps became lighter, knowing I had shed some of the burden I’d been dragging around. A burden that was not mine but one I’d picked up and did not know how to shed. If you’d not taken me to the leaving tree, I’d still be lugging that weight like an albatross around my neck.

    You inspire me, Larry! Thanks for another great read.

    • Thank you for extending the story. You write with great imagery in your words. I have been talking to Dennis about doing a collaborative story with some my writer friends. Interested?