Inspirational Poem

Strong And Inspiring Like A Mighty Tree

I wrote this poem many years ago when I was grieving my grandfather's death. He was a published poet and the light of my life. I saw him as that oak tree. He was always so strong, and his faith never wavered. He taught me so much about life and love and family, but most of all about Christian faith. He will be forever missed, but someday I will meet him in heaven, and until then this will always be my tribute to Caleb Fowler, the greatest man I ever knew.

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Mighty Oak

Kathy J. Parenteau © more by Kathy J. Parenteau

Published by Family Friend Poems September 2010 with permission of the Author.

Stand tall, oh mighty oak, for all the world to see.
Your strength and undying beauty forever amazes me.
Though storm clouds hover above you,
Your branches span the sky
In search of the radiant sunlight you
Count on to survive.
When the winds are high and restless and
You lose a limb or two,
It only makes you stronger.
We could learn so much from you.
Though generations have come and gone
And brought about such change,
Quietly you've watched them all,
Yet still remained the same.
I only pray God gives to me
The strength he's given you
To face each day with hope,
Whether skies are black or blue.
Life on earth is truly a gift.
Every moment we must treasure.
It's the simple things we take for granted
That become our ultimate pleasures.



I am from a family of writers. My grandfather was a published poet. He taught me to write as a young girl. He opened up the world of poetry to me. What a sweet release it is to take those thoughts from the secret part of your soul and put them in verse. My hope is that my poems inspire others and reach them in a very special way.

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  • 2 years ago

Great poem with symbolism that employed obscurantism to pass a great message that glorifies the doggedness of fathers in their quests to have giant shoulders for their offspring to mount upon.

  • Umesh by Umesh
  • 6 years ago

This poem helped me get out of depression. I recite it every morning after I get up and every night before going to bed.

  • Abu Zafar by Abu Zafar, Banglaesh
  • 6 years ago

This poem has greatly touched me. The poet has a firm faith in his father, which every son ought to have. A father is the center point for a son's life. To have faith in him and live the life the way he desires is the moral duty of a son. The poet expressed his feeling of his faithfulness of his father in his poem very nicely, and it deserves appreciation. I expect more poems of this nature from the poet. I express my good wishes for the poet.

All I can say is I that I love this poem! If only we all could be like that mighty oak. What a wonderful world it would be. Beautiful poem!

  • Catherine Pena by Catherine Pena
  • 7 years ago

I live in San Antonio, TX. There's an oak tree that's 200 years old. I walk to it and stop to look at it and touch it and pray 'cause it looks like the face of Jesus where a branch is cut off. I feel blessed. I'm doing Bible studies and finishing college. Next I'm going to a university to be a pastor. God bless.

  • Josh by Josh, Canada
  • 8 years ago

This poem really hit me. My grandfather died a day before new year's eve, and I really didn't know how I would face the year ahead. The words on this poem describe him exactly as how I knew him, and whenever I feel sad I just read this poem and everything turns out right.

  • Rob Smith by Rob Smith
  • 9 years ago

My friend who was the village postman in Upton Snodsbury, Worcestershire, UK, recently passed away and I read your poem out at his memorial where the village planted an Oak tree in his memory. It was very well received and summed up what he meant to them perfectly.

Kathy thank you so much for sharing this beautiful poem.

  • Kekeli Matthew by Kekeli Matthew
  • 9 years ago

What a sweet poem. Good work done. This shows that people with great minds are still in existence.

  • Denise Small by Denise Small
  • 10 years ago

This poem was read at my mother's funeral in April a very close friend of mine sent it to her when she began losing her 3 year battle with cancer. She found great inspiration in it and so did her family.

  • Judy Ballard by Judy Ballard
  • 10 years ago

I lost my 19 year old daughter in 2004. Her father found this poem and it really hit home. Sarah was like a mighty oak strong and unbendable, unbreakable ......she still lives on like the mighty oak. Thank you for this poem.

  • Dawn by Dawn, Parma Ohio
  • 13 years ago

I was thinking about my grandfather all day today..and I went under this site to the poem of the day..and it was about a grandfathers love...the hair on my arms stood was like god was talking to really moved me..the was beautiful..I miss you grandpa..Love DAWN....

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