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Tree of Life

Poetry on the Importance of Self-care

By Michelle LiewPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
Tree of Life
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"Never use the pronouns I, Me, or My." The nuns in the convent where I was a student used to remind us never to put ourselves before others. This Catholic philosophy, mirroring those of other religions, is sound, and prevents selfishness. 

However, one must not take it too literally. Putting others first doesn't mean not caring for oneself- recalling the oxygen mask theory, one must put on one's mask before doing so for others around him. The idea behind this is that a person needs to ensure his survival before he can do so for others.

So why is self-care important? It maintains physical health, reduces stress, protects mental health and boosts creativity. Most importantly, caring for oneself protects others. 

Enjoy these cinquains. 

Tree lives

Abounds with life

Its roots burgeon with zest

Leaves spring with newfound vigour


Tree lives 

Branches spring forth

When its roots draw water

By self from the soil surrounding 


Tree Lives

Leaves a bright green

When not battled by the

Rain pouring incessantly  from the 

Dark clouds

Tree lives 

New fruits spring forth

The flowers on branches

Bloom with new fervour and vigour

When graced.


About the Creator

Michelle Liew

Hi, i am an English Language teacher cum freelance writer with a taste for pets, prose and poetry. When I'm not writing my heart out, I'm playing with my three dogs, Zorra, Cloudy and Snowball.

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  • Alex H Mittelman 3 months ago

    Great lines! Great work!

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