Standing Firm like a Tree


Josie Davis, Independent Artist – Poem/Photography

Poem and photography produced during lockdown on connecting with nature to find solidarity, to find yourself and your history, and reflect how connections with each other, the past and inner worlds can help us reach for a better future in challenging times.


Standing Firm like a Tree

Standing firm like a Tree,

Bending, twisting, in the whistling wind.

Solid roots.

Deep in the ground.

Making movements with every sound.

Winds blowing.

Leaves rustling.

Standing firm yet feeling free.

There is no fear, deep, deep inside,

For knowledge of the past is known and heard,

Being sewn with every round.

Stand firm like a Tree.


Trust they say.

Trust in the Universe and stand in your own power.

Agendas are changing,

Although some,

A bit wavering.

But TRUST, she says on the winds passing by,

Step closer to your roots and into your own power.

Together we stand with knowledge of the past,

The 3D world has not long to last.

Standing firm like a Tree.


At last.

One Family.

Like the eye of the Tree, they too feel the pain,

But lessons learnt are lessons gained.

Standing firm, arms reaching by your side,

Heart in the core,

Best keep it open wide.

The future is changing, stay true to yourself.

Standing firm like a Tree.

Be Free.

Find Peace in the quiet.

As together we stand where the roots are so strong,

Good wood will clear out, all that is wrong.

Standing firm like a Tree,

Bending, twisting, feeling Free.

Listening quietly to the wind,

Waiting patiently, for the new world has started to begin.

The Freedom of Beech, Oak, Ash and Elm,

Protecting ancient spaces in our realm,

Where knowledge is known and new pathways sewn.

Standing firm like a Tree, Cause, Remember,

We are here,

And we are Free!


By Josie Davis



This is the eleventh in our Feminist Everyday Lockdown Blog Series. Lockdown is a feminist issue, and sharing stories is a feminist practice. We are calling for further contributions to the CHASE Feminist Network blog on everyday feminism and lockdown. This includes creative, political, and personal reflections! In light of the current political situation and protests against the physical and structural violence of racism we particularly welcome blogs from BAME individuals. Full details here


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