Category: Literature

Short Poems About Trees

Reviewing my work revealed that I often write about trees.  So I created this collection.  Hope you enjoy!

one month ends
another begins
evergreen branches
frame the night sky


tree branches
and winter white sky
poem on the page


 wind freeing the snow
from evergreen branches


river of light
along the evergreens
the friends who stayed


wind uplifting
the branches of trees


small branch growing
from the old tree trunk


gentle spring winds
in evergreen trees
the friendship we grew

for Enola

“Gentle spring winds” was the Top Post for this blog in 2011.
The title of the post is “Haiku For Mother’s Day” (May 7, 2011).

losses in life
low setting sun
through branches of trees
now rises again
as birds quietly sing


patterns on my floor
moving with the breeze
sun from the West
branches of leaves

Published in TIME OF SINGING (2011).

Psalm 1: 3 (KJV) :

And he shall be like a tree
planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Photo of hosta and tree by Karl.

A Pattern For This Place By Carol Purington

In Carol’s book, A Pattern For This Place, she “explores the world of a pioneer woman who moved with her family from Revolutionary Boston to a cabin west of the Connecticut River.”

This is the first poem in Carol’s book and also the poem on the back cover.  It sings of courage and faith–a good poem for the first day of 2012, and any day.

The path to our cabin
arrowing from east to west,
blazed by dreamers —
my feet stepped across each shadow
that barred the way

Please visit Winfred Press for the full credits for this book (2001), which was designed by Carol Purington and Stephanie B. Purington.  All Rights Reserved.

And Let The Beauty (Psalm 90) – With Painting By Georgia O’Keeffe

This last verse from Psalm 90 (KJV) seems fitting as we reflect on 2011 and look forward to 2012. 

And let the beauty

of the LORD our God

be upon us:

and establish thou

the work of our hands upon us;

yea the work of our hands

establish thou it.

Canna Red and Orange by Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986).

This painting is in the Public Domain and courtesy of

Here is the link to the O’Keeffe museum in Sante Fe, New Mexico.