Posted by: felinegroovy | November 29, 2007

Faking It

Cellobella asks whether real or fake Christmas trees are the go ….

here’s my answer. i draw a picture and wrote this poem out for my year 12 art portfolio.  I found a Leunig picture in one of his collections that shows a parent and child returning from a raid on a pine forest, the parent is holding a tree and the child is carrying a star.

Here is the ee cummings poem….

little tree

by: e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

ITTLE 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”

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

From: Poetry Archive Site



  1. That’s unbearably sad! It reminds me of John Christopher’s Tripods trilogy where the girls are taken and displayed like butterflies.

    And I still don’t know if you have a fake or real tree!!!

    CB xx

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