Friday, December 18, 2009

A Very Special Tree

A Very Special Tree

The sun was setting in the sky,
And snow loomed in the air,
People jammed the malls,
Or gathered for a posh affair.

Tree lots had meager choices,
There was not much that remained,
And even those selections,
Suffered from recent days it rained.

A rector from a parish church,
In the poorest part of town,
Came across a straggly fir,
The smallest one around.

Its branches were quite flimsy,
It was even slightly bent,
But its straggly little branches,
Gave off a fragrant scent.

Soon it stood next to the altar,
In the rector's tiny church,
Trimmed in antique ornaments,
On a gilded metal perch.

Waterford crystal lights,
From the rector's Irish past,
Gave the little tree such beauty,
That was totally unsurpassed.

A dazzling Christmas angel,
In spun silver, flecked with gold,
This magical little tree,
Became a treasure to behold.

No longer bent but ramrod straight,
It stood for all to see,
Its branches raised unto the Lord,
In praise, divine and heavenly.

Carmen Henesy

Copyright © 2008 Carmen Henesy. All Rights Reserved


  1. Anonymous1:09 PM

    I soooooooooooo love xmas trees, the smell of the pine, spruce, but thats gone now for most as we use the fake ones. But if it is decorated with love as this poem is filled with, its all OKAY..
    Ty for your kind comments today and I am glad I can make people feel my love and affection from over the wires as well. I hope your doldrums are eased ..

    Speaking of trees. I plugged mine in and the phone rang. I glanced at the tree and lo n behold most of my lights are OUT.. The angel is lit, then nothing till the middle and down is lit. I have the lights that if one goes they are supposed to stay lit, I hope I do not have to undress my tree , ARRGH

  2. This is such a beautiful poem Carmen!

    I have been away and then had computer problems that were so bad I had to buy a new lap was very frustrating not being able to connect with far away friends.

    I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!


  3. Thank you for showing the work which was full of the your emotion.

    From the Far East.

  4. Beautiful poem, Carmen! You make take a second look at my decorated Christmas tree and waiting for the day..

  5. beautiful pic with beautiful poem
    like the countdown for x mas.

  6. beautiful poem with beautiful tree
    like your countdown for Xmas

  7. Love it Miz Carmen!! Hope you're getting things done!!hughugs

  8. what beautiful writing and sentiments - thank you!

  9. Inky - your writing ALWAYS lifts my spirits! Hope
    you got your lights working..I always dread
    plugging those in and waiting anxiously to
    see what will happen!!

    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti - a new computer
    is nice; having to set it up in haste is not
    an easy task and, what with just coming back
    from Colorado, I'm sure you have dozens of
    things you really need to be doing. Glad
    you like this poem!

    ruma2008 - greetings from Japan. I remember,
    when I was in Tokyo in December a few years
    ago, the Hilton and Hyatt in Shinjuku were
    all decorated in Christmas finery. We
    were there for six days to see my friend
    who performed for three months at the NY
    Bar at the Park Hyatt.

  10. Icy BC - some of my friends always have
    different themes for their trees every year. I
    just use all my special ornaments, collected over
    the years!

    sm - glad you like the poem. The days are growing

    Donna - I am really not doing much this year...two of my sons won't be here and the other leaves Christmas night.

    Manuela - will you be in Cambodia for Christmas. That is not your home, is it?

  11. Oh another wonderful poem, time to publish these Carmen....they are really great...:-) Hugs

  12. Its really sweet!!

  13. magiceye - thank you, kind sir!

    Bernie - if only my job hadn't ended, I would
    have published my first chapbook of 40 poems by soon as I can scrape some money together!

    Sishir - I'm glad you liked it!

  14. Beautifully expressed Carmen and it sounds so magical.

  15. too bad no xmas tree for us this time, perhaps when baby's bigger next xmas to enjoy it.