The Every Day is a Holiday Tree

Every day is a holiday tree
Small beacon
A surprise in the holiday night.
A bright reminder
in a pitch black landscape.
There to inspire wonder
that a Christmas tree
can glow in the middle of nowhere.
Now left to light the night
for as long as it will.
A perfect reminder that every day
is a day for celebration.

This is a follow up to my post, My Perfectly Imperfect Christmas. I had several people message me that they wanted to see a photo of the little magic tree so I put Jim to work to capture the image…tricky in the dark. The photo is zoomed in…the tree is actually just a little blue glow to the naked eye. I love it. It will stay there as long as those little lights care to glow…and as long as the horses, donkeys and mule will leave it alone! So far, so good. Merry every day!

Out of the Woods

Maria's tree

Artwork by Maria Wulf. Photo used with her permission.

A funny thing happened on the way to writing a new poem. For days a thought bounced around inside my mind. Words floated in and out, but it just wouldn’t come together. Then I saw a post by Maria Wulf featuring one of her wonderful, whimsical works of art. I think this piece was really a test of a new technique she was trying out, but the moment I saw it, I realized she had captured the thoughts that my mind could not bring to order. How wonderful it is to accidentally collaborate. And that little test masterpiece Maria created? It is now mine to cherish forever. Thanks Maria…let’s accidentally do it again sometime soon.

Here is Maria’s artwork as my mind interprets it…

Out of the Woods

Determined roots find purchase,
Defying ever-shifting soil and rock.
Branches reaching, constantly reaching
Though brush and thicket strive to thwart.
Not the tallest in the forest,
Perhaps not the most glorious crown,
But I am strong, I am supple.
I am tenacious,
I can bend without breaking.
I will dance in the wind.
I will offer shelter through the storm.
I will find my path to the sun.