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What message is Tom Brady trying to convey with Instagram post of poem?

Tom Brady on Thursday evening posted a poem on Instagram and now people are left with the task of trying to interpret exactly what message he was attempting to convey, if any.

Brady isn’t known for being excessively cryptic with his social media musings, unlike, say, LeBron James. The New England Patriots quarterback more often than not takes a whimsical, lighthearted approach to his social media dispatches.

But Thursday’s post, however, struck a different tone. In it, Brady posted the poem, “Good Timber,” penned by Douglas Malloch, a American poet and short-story writer who was the associate editor of American Lumberman in the early 20th Century. In fact, Malloch became known as the “Lumberman’s poet” due to the substance of a majority of his works.

“The tree that never had to fight For sun and sky and air and light, But stood out in the open plain And always got its share of rain, Never became a forest king But lived and died a scrubby thing. The man who never had to toil To gain and farm his patch of soil, Who never had to win his share Of sun and sky and light and air, Never became a manly man But lived and died as he began. Good timber does not grow with ease: The stronger wind, the stronger trees; The further sky, the greater length; The more the storm, the more the strength. By sun and cold, by rain and snow, In trees and men good timbers grow. Where thickest lies the forest growth, We find the patriarchs of both. And they hold counsel with the stars Whose broken branches show the scars Of many winds and much of strife. This is the common law of life.” – Douglas Malloch

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There appears to be in the poem — at least to the layperson — an underlying message of perseverance and themes of that nature. It would make sense in that light for Brady to appreciate the poem in that light.

That said, perhaps there’s another a hidden, less obvious message in the poem that resonates with Brady, something he cannot articulate in his own words.

On the other hand, maybe Brady just really likes the poem. Sometimes the most sensible answer is the simplest one.