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Trees (as in all of them)

by Brooke


Tree fixation

I am doing research.
It involves fidgeting with a camera
and sometimes a pencil.
Also, it requires strict observance
of any and all surroundings.

But I must be willing to do some
mind wandering embroidery,
some imagining where I might push the needle
with black thread or gray on linen, stitch by
stitch the shape
of the trees

(from my postcard poems)

While this may sound like I can do without the leaves, I must emphasize that I am as fixated on leaves as I am on trees. Both are one thing and then they are separate things. To me, the changes in trees throughout the seasons will never be anything but fascinating and joyful, and fall-to-winter is one of those stages that I am appreciating now. A few of my tree photos are up on flickr (don’t expect awesome, mostly these are my reference photos 🙂 ). So, what have you recently been compelled to recreate in some form (writing, song, images, sculpture, stories, etc.) or another?

p.s. Also, please feel free to give feedback on my poem. I am always open to revision. Does it seem like there is something missing?


I am a children's librarian. I have 2 kids. I have a professor for a husband. I obsess about writing and about making things.

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8 Responses

  1. G says:

    this is beautiful brooke… it’s going to be in my head all day, and with me for a long time. thank you.

  2. Two of Three says:

    I quilt. Not well, but enthusiastically. When I am producing a quilt, I feel I am recreating myself. Pouring the best parts of me into it. I am also creating something new, giving myself inspiration to become what I want to be.

  3. D'Arcy says:

    I like how the word “stitch” sounds in the poem and where it comes in.

    I’m a painter. I’m in the midst of about three paintings right now…portraits.

  4. Caroline says:

    Of course I read this and think of my own experiences. Could this be read as a feminist metaphor, shrugging off the ‘paternal’ leaves, embracing the tree (the source, the root) instead?

  5. suzann werner says:

    You warm my heart.

  6. Brooke says:

    Thank you for sharing your comments, everyone. G, you are too kind. And Suzann. I want to write more when you say such nice things.

    Two of Three, I have made a couple of quilts and loved the experience. I felt the same, like I was pouring the best parts of me into it. Maybe because of that, I think it is too much work and I mostly just daydream about making them (lazy). One quilt every 8 years for me. At least until I’m out of school – or until my kids are moved out.

    D’Arcy, when are you going to post one of your paintings?

    Caroline, how could it NOT be a feminist something-or-other when I put the word paternal in there like that? Right? I just didn’t know where I was going with it, but I like what you say about embracing the source/roots. I wonder how far you could take that metaphor.

  7. Kelly Ann says:

    Thank you Brooke for this poem.

    I too like the word stitch as well as the phrase mind wandering embroidery.

    I am not an artist but I like to think, write, and do research!

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