Tuesday, December 18, 2012


little tree 

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little 
you are more like a flower 
who found you in the green forest 
and were you very sorry to come away?
 see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark 
and hug you safe and tight 
just as your mother would, 
only don't be afraid 
look the spangles 
that sleep all the year in a dark box 
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine, 
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads, 
put up your little arms 
and i'll give them all to you to hold 
every finger shall have its ring 
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy 
then when you're quite dressed 
you'll stand in the window for everyone to see 
and how they'll stare! 
oh but you'll be very proud 
and my little sister and i will take hands 
and looking up at our beautiful tree 
we'll dance and sing 
"Noel Noel"

(e.e. cummings)

Obviously, the little tree in the video is not silent.


it's margaret said...

What a delightful way to start the morning! Thank you Grandmere!

We put up trees and garlands in the church last night. We will wait to decorate them until after church on Sunday. We haven't had time to do anything in house!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Thanks, margaret. I had fun with cummings' poem and the children's video. I cheat. The tree stays decorated; I cover it with a large bag to keep out the dust and store it in a closet. Near Christmas, I take the cover off, carry the tree downstairs, and voila!

it's margaret said...

heheh --maybe I should start doing that!

Grandmère Mimi said...

And I'm sure you noted that cummings doesn't use caps either. :-)

it's margaret said...

when i was a kid, e.e. cummings was my favorite poet -FAVORITE... frankly, that's where i picked it up... secret's revealed....

Grandmère Mimi said...

"Like", especially when a secret is revealed. :-)

susan s. said...

Oh, I love that your tree is loud! It speaks quite brightly!

When I got flowers at the hospital almost ten years ago, many of them were loud and I had to send them home or out to the Nurses' station because they had such loud scents! My surgeon walked into the room the second day I was there and asked me where they all went. I said that they were too loud for such a small space. He laughed and said that his wife said that too, sometimes! She was a Tennessee girl!

Grandmère Mimi said...

My goodness, susan s., at first I thought the flowers in your hospital room were singing loudly to you. Yes, flower scents can overpower in a small space. And how very much the act of a southern lady to send them home.

I note you follow cummings' example, too.

Cathy said...

Kewt little tree. Looks very festive. I love cummings too.