Climb a tree

At Real Toad’s 30 poems in 30 days…” today’s prompt, I’d like you to write a poem that incorporates the idea of a child’s game – board game or a physical game (tag, hide and seek, etc.). “ I am still a great one for climbing trees. Come and play with us!

Climb a tree
Come climb a tree with me –
Up up up
To the sky!
Find foot and hand holds,
Scramble up to the top –
bounce up and down on a limb,
find a good place to perch
and listen to the wind and the birds
Settle in against the sun warmed trunk
under a canopy of green
and read.
Come climb a tree with me!

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Victoria C. Slotto
    Apr 16, 2018 @ 14:46:54

    I have such a desire to climb trees and there are so many perfect ones down here, though the lower branches are inaccessible to me. The “perfect place” I go to in guided meditation is often the branches of “my” childhood pepper tree. Loved this.


    • kanzensakura
      Apr 16, 2018 @ 14:48:53

      Thank you Victoria. I still climb trees as you know. I have a wee ladder beside my favorite tree to help me with those lower branches. The ladder lives next to my favorite tree. I think the tree thinks of it as a young sibling.


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Apr 16, 2018 @ 15:12:48

    I have ceased to climb trees… but maybe I shall start anew, I can imagine that to be a place to sit enjoying poetry.


  3. elleceef
    Apr 16, 2018 @ 15:36:36

    Your words make climbing trees sound like the best thing in the world. I can picture myself up there ready. Very nice, well done 🙂


  4. Rommy
    Apr 16, 2018 @ 15:43:53

    It’s been ages since I even attempt to climb a tree, but maybe when the weather is nice (if these damn storms don’t pull down all the lower branches) I might try again.


    • kanzensakura
      Apr 16, 2018 @ 16:23:12

      Please do. It is such a delight to be hidden in a tree and have people passing underneath, totally clueless. Although our woods are far from the beaten path.

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  5. sanaarizvi
    Apr 16, 2018 @ 18:46:17

    This is delightful!💜 I too loved climbing trees many moons ago 😍😍


  6. coalblack
    Apr 16, 2018 @ 19:58:32

    I used to climb any tree I could manage to get up into. It would be some sight if I tried it today. ~sigh~


    • kanzensakura
      Apr 16, 2018 @ 20:21:07

      I am a sight. I look like a white haired beach ball perched up on my nest of branches but when the leaves come out, I will be invisible

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  7. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Apr 17, 2018 @ 13:33:17

    … and what a tree that would be to climb. As a child I longed for a tree fort – and reading – well you have combined my two favorite things.


    • kanzensakura
      Apr 17, 2018 @ 13:49:25

      I am so glad! I still climb trees. There is one in the woods that border our property. A huge old oak. I climb him about every week and sit and think of play my violin and or read. In all kinds of weather. I love my tree.


  8. Jim
    Apr 17, 2018 @ 21:06:49

    So nice, Toni. I built a tree house and climbed up there. I did a lot of reading, I’m not sure what if anything else. I lived on a farm so it was just me until my little sister was big enough to come up.
    Sorry I’m late, have a lot of things on the fire.


  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Apr 17, 2018 @ 23:05:40

    Oh, that was one of my favourite pastimes when I was a kid – climbing a tree and settling there to read. Sometimes I would pretend I didn’t hear Mum calling me.


  10. Magaly Guerrero
    Apr 18, 2018 @ 01:20:10

    Tree-climbing was one of my favorite pastimes while growing up. I can hear the birds, too. And taste the fruit…


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