Thursday, May 23, 2013

Treasure Trove Thursday - A Poet's Tree

For Theme Thursday's prompt of trust
The trust you place in me
Is such a wonderful responsibility
I wish I had that trust in me
That you place in me.

For dVerse Form for All: Paying Tribute, Page and the Glosa: I loved experimenting with this form. Having to chose one poet to pay tribute too was tough - the first poets that came to my mind were Edward Lear (The Owl and The Pussycat was one of my favorite poems as a kid), Shelley (Ozymandias was another favorite), and Shel Silverstein(whom I discovered only in my adulthood and really have grown to love his work and my kids do too). I finally picked Silverstein's 'The Poet's Tree' for this form - seemed apt for dVerse too!

 The Poet Tree
Underneath the poet tree
Come and rest awhile with me
And watch the way the word-web weaves
Between the shady story leaves.
- Shel Silverstein

The day was long
The feeling strong
Lots to accomplish
Lots to do
I looked at the work, then outside
Then took a good look at me
I then knew what I needed
Took my writer’s tools and
I went to sleep happily

 Underneath the poet tree

I woke up with a start
My writers tools all around me
Looked around for inspiration
Each blade of grass was a world its own
Each leaf on the tree
Told a wonderful story
The droning bees, the chirping birds
Shared tales from around the world
I invite you to the poet tree

Come and rest awhile with me

We can watch the clouds above
Each one a shape-shifter virtuoso
Or we can climb the many rhymed tree
and swing on the worded branches
Maybe we can catch a falling fruit
Play hide-and-seek in its leaves
You can compose an epic poem
I can write a silly rhyme
We can enjoy the warm afternoon breeze

And watch the way the word-web weaves

As I invite you once again
To enjoy the poet tree
My mind turns itself back
to endless lists of things to do
but for now, for today
this is what my heart believes
Sit down awhile, take it slow,
Stop and smell the roses
You will forget all your peeves

Between the shady story leaves.

Thirteen random lists of things that popped in my head for the letter A - For Thursday 13 and Alphabe Thursday
  1. Apples, Asparagus, Artichokes, and Avocados – ‘A’ foods that are among my favorite foods too!
  2. Akbar the Great, Alexander the Great, and Ashoka – Great emperors that I read about as a child in history books and stories – and admired.
  3. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Apollo 13, and Airport 77 – There are many more movies I like as well but these are just three of them that I enjoyed
  4. Asterix and Archie comics – loved these as a child and love them even now
  5. Ashes from a retired American flag - We had a flag retirement ceremony last year at a camping trip for our cub scout pack. One of the families had a flag that had to be retired - when the flag is torn/tattered, then the flag is retired by burning it in a flag retirement ceremony - this was truly something wonderful. We now have ashes from that ceremony which can be scattered, buried, or added to the ashes of another retirement ceremony - for now, we have it as a memento of that occasion.
  6. Aardvark, Alligators, and Antelopes
  7. Arctic Tern
  8. Artists, Acrobats, Astronauts, and Authors
  9. Abditive, ardass, alpenglow, ambisinistrous, avital, and automysophobia – Check out ‘The Phrontistery’ for the meanings of these unusual words
  10. Attitude (Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.  ~Winston Churchill) and Aptitude (“Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience” - George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon)
  11. Amazing and awesome
  12. Asia, Africa, Antarctica, America, and Australia (sorry, Europe!)
  13. Amma – what I call my mom, and my mom-in-law, and what my little ones call me


  1. smiles...i most def. join you underneath that poet tree for a bit... what an inspirational and peaceful place and i'm all up for cloud watching as well.. psssh...i do it whenever i have a spare choice with silverstein as well...when i went to california i visited a gallery that had pictures painted based on his poems...that was very, very cool

  2. Shel Silverstein! What an amazingly inspired choice for a poet to honour in your cabeza! "The Poet's Tree" is also one of my favourite poems, and so the way you weave the lines through your verse, there's something there that brings out the nostalgic sense in me, that compels me to "sit down awhile, take it slow" and just breathe in the poetry.

  3. Yes, indeed keeping up the trust of other person is a very big responsibility , never to break it..

  4. So charming reading this made me very happy =) I love Shel Silverstein!

  5. What an amazing tree... isn't that what we all share. I'd like to join you there, the bees the leaves the rhymes. Truly inspirational.

  6. I always loved Shel Silverstein.

  7. Congratulations on this exquisite poem full of originality ...! Greetings.

  8. A person's trust is a cherished gift.You are fortunate!

  9. Lovely!

    I love being hit by falling rhymes!

    Anna :o]

  10. ha, you really worked this well...first i love shel...
    and def love what you did with the form expanding his voice
    a place i would love to sit a bit and perhaps doodle a bit of poetry...

  11. Wow! You were certainly Ambitious with all those A's! Enjoyed the poetry as well.

  12. Used to read the humorous Silverstein poems decades ago in PLAYBOY; love what you did with the form, and yes, save me a shady spot alongside you under that magical tree.

  13. Thank you for the invite...I enjoyed your tree very much : )

  14. I would love to sit under the poet tree ~ A delightful read and nice to meet you ~


  15. I do so enjoy the shade of the poets tree. a lovely verse.

  16. ... "and swing on the worded branches"
    so beautiful. wonderfully crafted, great use of the form!

  17. Thats a nice list of a's and even much nicer description.

  18. Ah, a verse for children and adults alike: for children because it is such a charming rhyme, and for adults because it reminds us to notice the simple pleasures of nature and art before we become fertilizer for trees!

  19. You are so right in that sometimes it is harder to trust in ourselves then it is to trust in others. But if we cannot trust in ourselves then how can we trust in others. That was a great poem and I liked it a lot.

    I liked your list of "A", there sure were a lot of them.

    And great job continuing the tree poem. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Makes me wish I had a tree like that.

    Happy Theme Thursday. Thanks for sharing this with us and have a fantastic week.

    God bless.

  20. Everyone should read, "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. It has multiple meanings for different people.

    Wonderful post.

  21. I always admire all of the thing you find to add to your lists...

    Attitude truly is everything in life.

    It never ceases to amaze me that reading your posts makes me smile.

    Thanks for linking.


  22. And Shel Silverstein has always been one of my favorites!

  23. the absolutely love this book


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