Inspired by the movie “Phenomenon” starring John Travolta. The amazing scenes where he’s transfixed by the tops of trees swaying in the breeze is an unforgetable experience for me. I try to capture that feeling whenever I’m outdoors.
This is the beautiful theme music by my favorite composer, Thomas Newman. I played this as I wrote this piece. I still think of this movie and these scenes a lot. It reminds me to never take the beauty surrounding us or this gift called life for granted.
The Tops of Trees
I become transfixed when I watch the tops of trees.
I close my eyes and become a part of the breeze.
Whispering winds speak to me soft tones of woe.
Echoes of voices gust each time the winds blow.
Live this dream now and never awaken.
Remain ever still and never be shaken.
I can feel the mighty strength of the air.
I sense an inner calm as I become aware.
I realize the meaning of my life on this Earth.
I no longer question death or even my birth.
The greens of the leaves mesmerize my eyes.
I watch in wonder at their splendor and size.
The same force in these Goliaths lives inside of me.
There is a connection that we cannot touch or see.
Yet, I can feel the rhythms of their song.
It is an eternal opus that does not last long.
While this moment lasts—I revel in my bliss.
I embrace the beauty and accept nature’s kiss.
I am wooed by the wild blue sky.
I no longer feel the urge to ask why.
I feel like I am within my mother’s arms and I am a child.
My creator sings sweet lullabies to appease all things wild.
I become lost and found in this symbiotic dance.
I savor every moment of this glorious and natural trance.
I am engulfed as I feel life with all of my senses.
I feel safe and free—no need for any defenses.
I move to the same beat as the branches when they sway.
I become ever grateful for this life and thank God for this day.
One of the most moving scenes is when George is told about his terminal condition. Watch the incredible performances by his friends who try to be strong for him. Loved them all…especially the moment George and Lace have when he asks if she’s going to love him for the rest of his life and she says “No, I’m going to love you for the rest of mine”
The ending of the movie is so emotional. It all starts when George shows Lace how it feels when he becomes mesmerized by the trees.. which is similar to how a mother feels when soothing a crying baby
Eric Clapton’s “Change the World” was on the Phenomenon soundtrack and plays at the end of the movie.
Here’s the full movie which is on youtube for now…It’s one of my favorite films ever so try to watch it and tell me what you think. It’s so underrated…
Comments on “The Tops of Trees”
I’d like to extend my most heart-felt gratitude for your poem.
I too am an enormous fan of this movie and the concept of watching the tree tops sway and moving with them to find a moment of peace in our ever-increasing hectic lives.
Your poem is so beautiful, so subtle yet charged with meaning and beauty, and so in touch with your inner self that I found myself reading it over and over every time I reached the end.
I’d like to officially ask you if I could copy it and frame it. With your permission, I’d also like to share it with some friends and family. Now, they may not get the full message (not everyone understand the beautiful message of that scene in the movie) but i’m sure it would brighten up most anyone’s day.
I hope to hear back from you.
Thank you again for your wonderful work.
—A new fan
Thank you Uriel. I am very pleased that you liked my work. Please use it any way you want.
I am very honored.