Broken Like A Tree Er Haider Khan

She broke me like a tree,
With leaves so green and branches free.
Her words were warm and kind,
And her faces wore the same design.

I cannot call her characterless,
For I respected her nonetheless.
But she took my worth and brought me down,
With fears of someone I didn't know in town.

I held onto her without a cause,
But now I see the flaws.
She used me for her gain,
And left me in endless pain.

Now I stand here, broken and alone,
Wondering why I didn't see the unknown.
But I will rise again, like a tree,

Mohammad Shafi Khan
(C) All Rights Reserved. Poem Submitted on 04/22/2023

Poet's note: The poem speaks to the experience of being broken by someone's betrayal or deceit, likening it to a tree being broken by external forces. The imagery of a tree with green leaves and branches represents vitality and freedom, contrasting with the pain and hurt caused by the actions of another person. Despite the initial hurt and pain, the poem conveys a message of resilience and strength in the face of adversity. The speaker acknowledges the hurt caused by the person, but also reflects on their own worth and the realization of the flaws in the other person's character. The speaker expresses a determination to rise again, to mend and grow anew, much like a tree regrowing its leaves and branches. The poem emphasizes the importance of letting go of the weight of the past, embracing self-worth, and stepping forward with resilience, bravery, and boldness. Overall, the poem conveys a message of resilience, inner strength, and the ability to overcome challenges and betrayals, with the imagery of a tree serving as a powerful symbol of regeneration and growth.
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