The Trees in My Backyard

slice-of-life2I am participating in #SOL19.  Thanks to the twowritingteachersblog team for sponsoring this wonderful event.


I have always been inspired by trees!  You may enjoy Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems by Kristine O’Connell George.  Of course, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is not a poem. But IOld Elm Speaks remember sitting at my desk after school one day to read this book. It was my first year – a brand new teacher. The book reminded me so much of my mother.  Then the tears came, and I think I sobbed for a small eternity before regaining my composure.


The lelands are relatively new to my yard – about five years now. But my beloved crabappales are almost 46 years old now.

Jewels of the Landscape

Jewels of the landscape,
Tough and adaptable.
Crabapple trees,
Blooming in late April.
In May raining petals,
Pink and white.
Late in September,
Brilliant autumn colors.
Fruit appears
Late in the season.
Interesting silhouettes
In winter’s stark landscape.
Compact and dense,
Classy old ladies.
Crabapple trees
In my backyard.

Crabapple tree

The Trees in My Backyard

Trees in my yard,
Emerald and needled,
Dance in the wind and

Curtsey and sway.

Giants that tower to
Gather the sunlight.
Home to the finches and
Home to the jays.
Haven for rabbits that hide
From the Corgis.
Under their branches
The chipmunks can play.
Oh, how I love to watch
From my window
The trees in my backyard,
Majestic display!