Sunday, January 1, 2012

Little Tree ~ I Will Comfort You

"there won't be a single place dark or unhappy"

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, 1894 - 1962
Very popular American poet
Somewhat unconventional,
sometimes eccentric

"little tree" was originally published in The Dial Vol. LXVIII, No. 1 (Jan. 1920). New York: The Dial Publishing Company, Inc.

Decorating Idea: Lacing Cards!
I hope everyone's tree will be staying up for awhile! My projected take down date is 22 Feb (Ash Wednesday). Any time before the New Year is way too soon for me. Seeing a tree out on the curb before the Twelfth Day of Christmas (January 5 or 6, depending on how you count it) just makes me feel sad.

1 comment:

  1. Anthony writes: "Huh! A curious piece I haven't seen before, thanks. Could almost be a Hallmark wall poster."