“little tree”

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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

any my little sister and i will take hands

and looking up at our beautiful tree

we’ll dance and sing

“Noel Noel”

–e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

“little tree” was originally published in The Dial Vol. LXVIII No. 1  (Jan 1920).  New York: The Dial Publishing Company, Inc.

            Picture book renditions of this poem with original art work:

Little Tree by e.e. cummings; Illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray.  Pub: 1987

Little Tree by e.e. cummings; Illustrated by Mary Claire Smith.  Pub date: 2000

Little Tree poem by e.e. cummings; Story and paintings by Chris Raschka.   Pub date: 2001

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