Poem: Ode to a Christmas Tree

Ode To A Christmas Tree

By Trish Thomson, Kenai

Each year at the start of the

Christmas Season I begin

to wonder about where to get a live

tree for this religious and wondrous

occasion, known by most of us as Christmas.

Hence, “Ode to a Christmas tree.”

This year I’ve already got a tree

picked out – NOT – from any store

on the Kenai Peninsula, but a

live tree from my very own yard,

here in Kenai – Alaska – of course.

At tree sprouted up from a pine cone

in my very own vegetable/fruit

garden, and now – a 4-foot-tall tree

ready to be harvested and cut by me

to be used to decorate my home –

Winter of 2016.

A home-land grown tree will be

used this year in my home instead

of a plastic one like I’ve used in the past.

I just bought a new pair of tree-heavy prunes

so I should be able and ready

for the task of cutting it down myself.

Now this year will be extra special

when I harvest my own tree, come

December, from my land next to my home.

God has given a hand in making

sure I will have the tools, strength and

know-how to make Christmas, 2016

special for me and my friends and family.

Thank God for giving me the words

to write this story now and I dream

of the day when I can harvest

my Christmas tree.

The joy continues as I’m already

making homemade ornaments for

my first ever live Christmas tree,

Hence – end of an

Ode to a Christmas tree.

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