Poetry Friday: The Cherry Tree

Just outside our back porch is a flowering cherry tree. During the forty-two years we have lived in this house it has served as the perfect climbing tree, housed a home-made fort, been home to countless birds, squirrels, and insects, and offered a branch for my grandson’s first swing. It has survived the fall of large limbs blown down in windstorms, and even refused to give up when a falling pine came crashing through our porch roof, shearing off about a fourth of it. And every spring, right on cue, it erupts into a mass of glorious pink blossoms, so beautiful that any thoughts of the need to cut it down vanish from our thoughts. So it is not surprising that it was the first thing to come to my mind when I read the three words Amy Ludwig VanDerwater picked for inspiration earlier in the week – start, glorious, glorified. It also happened to be the day her lesson was about writing acrostics.

The Cherry Tree

Gnarled branches

Lie in wait for rain and sun until

One small bud pokes through,

Ready to reveal

Its pink splendor

Over an emerald lawn,

Under a sapphire


You can find today’s poetry roundup here. Thanks, Molly, for hosting.

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30 Responses to Poetry Friday: The Cherry Tree

  1. Tabatha says:

    That’s a beauty!! We have one in our front yard and I posted about it this week, too. The pull of pink blossoms is irresistible!

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  2. What a gorgeous friend, this tree! And your acrostic is lovely.. I am particularly enamored of that sneaky “g” in gnarled. Well done!

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  3. janicescully says:

    What a wonderful tree to have in your yard. Your poem celebrates your cherry tree so gloriously.

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  4. Your cherry tree certainly looks glorious–and I love the way your poem celebrates it.

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  5. laurashovan222 says:

    The colors in this poem are so vivid. We had a Japanese cherry tree in our old back yard. I’ve missed watching it bloom this spring.

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  6. Beautiful! I also like how you thought to use gnarled for the g. I was also inspired by Amy LV to write an acrostic poem.

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  7. Nice! I love an acrostic where the vertical word is something unexpected. A glorious poem for a glorious tree.

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  8. mbhmaine says:

    Oh, that tree is glorious indeed! What a beauty and how wonderful the memories cradled in its gnarled branches.

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  9. lindabaie says:

    I love how acrostics can reveal so much, Rose, as yours does of the love of your cherry tree in all its glory of color set with spring’s brightness. I’m jealous, too. Our flowering trees are just now beginning to emerge. I hope my walk today will reveal at least one! Thanks for the backstory, too!

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  10. maryleehahn says:

    Lovely acrostic! Are you getting ready for your line choice and line creations for the Progressive Poem? 🙂

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    • rosecappelli says:

      Thanks, Mary Lee. Yes, I know my day is Monday. I’m kind of nervous about it. I never participated before, but Margaret asked me if I wanted to join in and I said yes without really knowing what I was getting into. I love the way the poem is going. Just hope I don’t mess it up!


  11. Those colors! Love your acrostic, Rose!

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  12. Kay Mcgriff says:

    What a tree! And a glorious poem to honor it.

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  13. jama says:

    You’re so lucky to have such a gorgeous tree in your yard! Nice acrostic!!

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  14. macrush53 says:

    The sapphire sky and the gnarled branches…my favorites in this poem.

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  15. cvarsalona says:

    Rose, from gnarled to sky (spaphire), I enjoyed your poem. Not only the images but the sentiment lulled me into a state of bliss.

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