The Poetry of Tree Girl

When I looked back at the posts, some of the poetry was hard to see and I didn’t separate it properly for posting. When my mom first looked at the book she read the poetry as all one poem – and she said it didn’t make sense to her. Hmmm. She’s right. Lesson definitely learned! Anyway to that end, here are the poems used, on the days they were posted. Enjoy the magic of Emily Dickinson!



Part 2 & 3

We grow accustomed to the Dark –
When light is put away –
As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp
To witness her Goodbye –

A Moment – We uncertain step
For newness of the night –
Then – fit our Vision to the Dark –
And meet the Road – erect –

And so of larger – Darknesses –
Those Evenings of the Brain –
When not a Moon disclose a sign –
Or Star – come out – within –

The Bravest – grope a little –
And sometimes hit a Tree
Directly in the Forehead –
But as they learn to see –

Either the Darkness alters –
Or something in the sight
Adjusts itself to Midnight –
And Life steps almost straight.


Part 4

I robbed the Woods—
The trusting Woods.
The unsuspecting Trees
Brought out their Burs and mosses
My fantasy to please.
I scanned their trinkets curious—I grasped—I bore away—
What will the solemn Hemlock—
What will the Oak tree say?


Part 4 & 5

The Trees like Tassels—hit—and swung—
There seemed to rise a Tune
From Miniature Creatures
Accompanying the Sun—

Far Psalteries of Summer—
Enamoring the Ear
They never yet did satisfy—
Remotest—when most fair

The Sun shone whole at intervals—
Then Half—then utter hid—
As if Himself were optional
And had Estates of Cloud

Sufficient to enfold Him
Eternally from view—
Except it were a whim of His
To let the Orchards grow—

A Bird sat careless on the fence—
One gossipped in the Lane
On silver matters charmed a Snake
Just winding round a Stone—

Bright Flowers slit a Calyx
And soared upon a Stem
Like Hindered Flags—Sweet hoisted—
With Spices—in the Hem—

‘Twas more—I cannot mention—
How mean—to those that see—
Vandyke’s Delineation
Of Nature’s—Summer Day!

Part 6

Nature—sometimes sears a Sapling—
Sometimes—scalps a Tree—
Her Green People recollect it
When they do not die—

Fainter Leaves—to Further Seasons—
Dumbly testify—
We—who have the Souls—
Die oftener—Not so vitally—

Part 7

“Heaven”—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—”Heaven” is—to Me!

The Color, on the Cruising Cloud—
The interdicted Land—
Behind the Hill—the House behind—
There—Paradise—is found!

Her teasing Purples—Afternoons—
The credulous—decoy—
Enamored—of the Conjuror—
That spurned us—Yesterday!




Before you thought of spring,
Except as a surmise,
You see, God bless his suddenness,
A fellow in the skies
Of independent hues,
A little weather-worn,
Inspiriting habiliments
Of indigo and brown.

With specimens of song,
As if for you to choose,
Discretion in the interval,
With gay delays he goes
To some superior tree
Without a single leaf,
And shouts for joy to nobody
But his seraphic self!


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Weekly Weather: Freezing Rain

Time for another entry in the Weekly Weather Challenge (more info below)! It’s Freezing Rain this week! Brrr! It’s cold here in the Weather Challenge!!! Don’t get too cold and wet standing around outside!!!

Two page spread of altered atlas for Freezing Rain…freezing rain full


Toby helping me take photos! (He is my orange shadow!)freezing rain full photo bomb

Freezing Rain , left page                    freezing rain right photo bomb

Detail of poem.freezing rain left poem

Freezing Rain, right page freezing rain right


Detail of poem.freezing rain right poem


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Weekly Weather – Fog

Here’s my submission for Jennifer Nichole Well’s Weekly Weather Challenge! This week’s theme is Fog. Please consider joining her challenge – she accepts all types of submissions, from photos to art to writing!!! Click on the badge below to go to her blog and submit your art!!

Fog – two page spread in an old atlas

Fog full


Pegasus flying in with fog over a map of Liverpool and London, cut from scrapbook paper. A small print of an illustration of Carl Sandberg’s poem, Fog.

Fog left


Carl Sandberg’s poem, Fog, cut from the magazines I’m using for my other collage challenge, A to Z 2017.  Woven strips of scrapbook paper, left over from another weather page’s scrapbook paper cuttings and lots of small, decorative brads. Map base is Germany and the Netherlands.

Fog right


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