Living Tree Poetry

Welcome to Living Tree Poetry, and the writings of poet Ana Lisa de Jong.  Ana Lisa is author of the ‘Poetry for the Soul’ series, including ‘Songs in the Night’, ‘Hope Springs’
and ‘Seeking the Light’.  Her next books ‘Heart Psalms’ and ‘Thrice Blessed’ ,
a two volume set, are on their way to print in late 2018.

Pull up a chair and take some time to be refreshed and restored, from words that take their inspiration from an eternal source.

“My Life is a tree, yoke fellow of the earth; pledged by roots too deep for remembrance.  To stand hard against the storm.  To fill my place. (But high in the branches of my green tree there is a wild bird singing:  wing-free are the wings of my bird: she hath built no mortal nest.”
Karle Wilson Baker

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.  They will be like a tree planted by the water, that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8, NIV


Watch how the sun rises.
First the tip of the clouds turn pink, and then gold
on a horizon.
Something happens to our hearts,
the leap of expectation.

The birds seem to know to fly
at this time.
Each soaring figure outlined
against the sky,
as black ink etched in the vision.

Watch how the branches
of each tree move to the wind’s tune.
How the face of the leaves
catch the hues of a rising sun.
How all of nature appears to bid dawn welcome.

Watch how the rainbow just came and went
before there was a chance to register it.
Before we could trace its colours
against the blue,
how it faded and then exited.

A poem is followed
with the same pattern of observation.
We don’t consider the words in an
individual sense as
respond to the scene as a whole.

Something happens
when we stop trying to understand,
but just watch.
The great artist has a brush, and is
painting impressions on our hearts and minds.

We see them with eyes
that feel rather than perceive.
Shapes felt in the hands
as objects in the dark.
Every now and then a shock of recognition.

But mostly just a welcome,
and an indwelling presence.

Ana Lisa de Jong
Living Tree Poetry


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About the Author

Hope Springs & Songs in the Night

Ana Lisa de Jong is a poet and inspirational writer, mother and wife, and Chaplains Administrator for the New Zealand Defence Force.  Not always in that order.

Ana Lisa rediscovered the joy of writing in her 40’s, her first published piece appearing in ‘Refresh Journal of Contemplative Spirituality’.  Ana Lisa has published three inspirational poetry books in the span of four years, with Lang Book Publishing.  To keep up with her prolific writing, two further full books ‘Heart Psalms’ and ‘Thrice Blessed’ will follow late in 2018.  Ana Lisa is also a regular contributor to Godspace.  Ana Lisa lives and writes in the beautiful North West Region of Auckland, New Zealand.


You can connect with Ana Lisa on Facebook.

Ana Lisa de Jong – Poet (Facebook)

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Note:  Many of the scenic photographs on this website are the authors own (those that are not credited to someone else), and also appear in the published poetry series.  These striking photographs of natural New Zealand scenery, along with the poetry and Bible verses, make the books beautiful devotional tools for readers to use in times of reflection or prayer.

“These are poems to be read in the quiet of the early morning, or in the quiet of the darkness of the late evening. They are psalms and meditations for the heart and soul, and reading them, over and over, is an investment in the centering of one’s spirit.”
Glynn Young, Editor ‘Tweetspeak Poetry’

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Ana Lisa writes with the refreshing honesty of one who questions and struggles, yet knows she is loved, and accepted.  The depth of her faith is evident in her writing, as she gives testimony to her journey through life, in the beautiful language of the poet.  All three books in the ‘Poetry for the Soul’ series, describe a journey which, although not free from the labour and losses of daily life, can still be walked in the light of hope, faith and an expectation of God’s constant goodness.  Ana Lisa’s honesty and ability to put in words what we all experience, has given her a special gift for encouragement.  Read her words and be assured of God’s compassionate heart, and enduring love, wherever you are in your journey through life.

Ana Lisa’s books are available at most on-line book-sellers (in both paperbook and e-book editions).  See the Amazon links below or contact the author for more information.

Late in 2018, Ana Lisa looks forward to releasing a two book series, ‘Poems for the Heart’, comprised of the volumes Heart Psalms and Thrice Blessed, both very full books containing her recent prolific poetry, which she hopes will bring needed encouragement and light to others, in uncertain times.

Songs in the Night:

By naming and embracing the growth that takes place in the dark, Ana Lisa has created a portfolio of spiritual strength for others.  I believe many will find solace and strength because Ana Lisa has answered God’s call to write.”
Rev Diane Gilliam-Weeks, Editor, ‘Refresh Journal of Contemplative Spirituality’

Songs in the Night (on Amazon)

Hope Springs:

“This is a book that sneaks up on you.  Turn the pages and you’ll come across something that resonates, that makes you say, ‘Oh yes, me too!’ and leaves you a little bit undone, unfurled, open.  In a world that often seems disordered and frenetic, Ana Lisa gives us the gift of a contemplative space in which God can speak with us, and we with him.”
Katherine Barker, Author of ‘Due to Unforeseen Circumstances’

Hope Springs (on Amazon)

Lang Book Publishing, Author Profile

Seeking the Light:

Seeking the Light, holds a strong sense of anticipation. Such is the spirit of seeking.  This third volume is ‘food for the soul’.  Seeking, sharing, waiting, reflecting, trusting, following and holding on are key to the process of seeking the light.  God, who is the ‘Light of the World’, desires to shine through the darkness.

Here is poetry that brings a calming effect when calamity may prevail… These all are words that speak of security, sensitivity, sufficiency and sincerity.  Buy it, read it, share it – the whole 38 poems.”
Peter Savage, Chaplain Commandant, New Zealand Defence Force

‘Seeking the Light’ on Amazon

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Please send me a message and I will be happy to reply.  A thousand blessings and thanks for visiting.

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To read my blogs – see ‘Poetry’ and ‘Prayer & Reflections’ links above