Put Up Your Little Arms (Day 307)

(photo: After years of buying full, tall, wide Christmas trees, this year my in-laws cut a Charlie Brown tree from their yard. Don’t know about you but I find it charming. And refreshing.)

The best Christmas poem, in my opinion:

[little tree]

BY E. E. CUMMINGS

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see          i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid
look          the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”
Sara

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5 thoughts on “Put Up Your Little Arms (Day 307)

  1. This little tree looks like the “snoopy” tree I bought for our Paris visit in December
    1993 when your Grandmother visited me for a week! Your tree brings back
    Fond memories of that December visit.

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