• Kim M Horwood

Bottle in the Sand


I found a bottle in the sand,

Not the floating message kind,

This time, I found a bottle tree,

It was an unexpected find.

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They are a favourite tree of mine,

And I have joked before,

It’s because they grow wide with age,

And with years, I too, grow more.

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I believe that as time goes by,

They swell with life they’ve seen,

The more they fill with memories,

The greater life has been.

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Legend says, the Nature Spirit,

Turned bottle trees upside down,

Even if roots did face up,

It adapts to life around.

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Some stories say they grow so big,

That you could live inside,

Which would be good, when life is hard,

And you want somewhere to hide.

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I bought one for my brother,

It grows strong, in his front yard,

But he’s not with us anymore,

And losing him is hard.

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I think this bottle in the sand,

Is a message from my brother,

To live our lives, fully in the sun,

And share memories with each other.

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