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The Lonesome Little Christmas Tree

Updated on February 6, 2017
This of course is not the tree. The location has prevented me from photographing the tree in my story.
This of course is not the tree. The location has prevented me from photographing the tree in my story. | Source

This poem was inspired by a true story that I tell at the end. It is such a sweet story that to begin with the background would give it away.

I'm so lonesome!

A little tree by the interstate sat

Apart from the forest with no other

Orphaned with no sisters and no mother

The other trees laughed at their lonely peer

Cedars are bullies -- they would point and jeer

Poor little tree, why are you by yourself

A dropping from a bird or seed that fell

Did you come upon the wind, can you tell

So unhappy, so terribly forlorn

The hawk and the dove, the tree they morn

Comes the solstice, winter, ice and snow

Others shed their leaves, so naked and bare

But the poor little thing, she does not care

Just an I-40 orphan, who cares why…

Just a lonesome shrub to a passerby

Just a small tree at the Levy Exit

Wait, someone noticed the little tree’s plight

Dressed her in baubles, so shiny and bright

Tinsel, silver, and gold, garlands of red

Circle her body, angel on her head

What beauty! The loveliest of all trees

A good Samaritan has heard her cries

Heard her wail, “Please God, just let me die!”

Saw the little tree, heard the forest laugh

Saw what others did not see in the waif

Now her beauty shines to each car passing

To each and all she waves a blessing

She’s the envy of all the other trees

Now they embrace her and let her be

She is not lonely and has friends galore

She brings hope and peace and joy to our world

The True Story

Just a couple of years ago on my way to work, I noticed a small shrub growing all by itself just before the Levy Exit into the city of North Little Rock (Arkansas, for those of you who do not know me.) Last year someone decorated this isolated shrub two or three weeks before Christmas. It was beautifully decked out in reds, golds, silver balls, other colored tinsels and garlands. I wondered if the person or people did this as a prank, and I also wondered if they knew what joy it gave to the people driving by.

The housing area to the north of this exit is what most people would call “a little on the rough side,” but up the hill is an area of older middle-class homes and Pulaski County College. a junior college and technical institution. My guess was that some college kids thought that it would be fun to decorate the tree, but I figured it would be vandalized by some of the ruffians across the freeway. I was wrong.

Every morning on my way to work, this Christmas tree in the middle of nowhere brightened my day. I silently thanked whoever had gone to all this work. Right after Christmas the mystery decorator or decorators came back and neatly retrieved their decorations. No mess left behind.

This year when the decorations didn’t appear on schedule, I really missed seeing them and figured that last year was a one-time occurrence. However, one week before Christmas, there it was – all shiny and beautiful just like last year. This year, however, just a couple of days after the decorating of the tree, rains started and I worried. The tree seems to be holding up quite well though, and I’m sure the artists will be back to retrieve their decorations again this year.

I have no idea who these good Samaritans are, but I suspect that they are college students. If that is the case, they will eventually move on. I just hope that they recruit the new kids who follow them to continue this tradition. Maybe it is a fraternity who will do just that. I could be wrong because it may be some sweet couple who live nearby. Whoever you are, just know that you are spreading joy with this little tree.

In my poem I called it a cedar but it may be anything from a leyland cypress to a spruce. I can't tell from the highway.

I wish I could get a photo of the real tree, but it is too dangerous to stop on the highway. The tree is located between the exit into the city and an overpass. Last year I attempted to find a safe spot to park and take a photo, but I gave up parking on the shoulder. Then I drove around hoping to park on a side road and walk to it, but I couldn’t locate the tree from the side street. I recently located the tree, but rains have prevented hiking in the ravine or on the slushy hillside to it. Maybe next year.

PEACE, JOY AND LOVE TO ALL.

Author's Note

I realize that this may not meet the word count and all the other accoutrements HP desires us to use, but this was a rush job to publish on Christmas Day! I had intended to write this at the beginning of the month, but life got in the way. I hope you enjoy this because it isn't a green article and it won't stay here long.

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      MizBejabbers 4 days ago

      Chitrangada, thank you, for coming back and reading a second time. When I wrote this, I had no idea that it would go over so well.

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      MizBejabbers 4 days ago

      Chitrangada, thank you, for coming back and reading a second time. When I wrote this, I had no idea that it would go over so well.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Came back to read your lovely poem once again! Truly beautiful! Thanks!

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      MizBejabbers 6 weeks ago

      Tamara, thanks for the tip. I read your two poems and am going back to leave a comment on them.

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 6 weeks ago from No Idea Where

      Here are my two poems that talk about gifts:-)

      https://hubpages.com/holidays/Christmas-in-April-T...

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      MizBejabbers 6 weeks ago

      Tamara, thank you for such a sweet comment. The tree photo is lovely, but it just represents the real one. I wish I could get a photo of it. Maybe next year...

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 6 weeks ago from No Idea Where

      This is sweet and musically lovely. Also, the photo of the tree is gorgeous! I have a poem, too, about Christmas.

      Hugs,

      Tamara

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      MizBejabbers 2 months ago

      Chitrangada, I'm so glad you enjoyed the story of our precious little tree. Thank you for reading and commenting

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      So sweet and inspirational poem, with beautiful expressions! Loved the story.

      Thanks for sharing this excellent hub!

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      MizBejabbers 2 months ago

      Audrey, coming from a poet like you, that is a real compliment. Thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 months ago from California

      Aww--loved this and love that someone decorates the little tree--beautifully done!

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      MizBejabbers 3 months ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Manatita. I figured I'd get three or four comments and that would be the last of them, but this little tree story seems to be evergreen. (pun intended)

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      manatita44 3 months ago from london

      Nice Hub. Great inspiration! I hope that someone takes a picture and bring it to you after reading here. Stay blessed!

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      MizBejabbers 3 months ago

      Shauna and Nadine, thanks for your comments. Sorry to be so late in getting back to you, but I've been having some technical problems. I love this little tree and I hope the elementals do to. I hope it stays a tradition. I think this is the third year it was decorated.

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      Nadine May 3 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a lovely tribute to a tree. I do hope that the person who decorates it every year reads your poem. The elementals will be very happy with this tradition.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 months ago from Central Florida

      What an awesome thing to do! I certainly hope decorating this lone tree becomes a tradition to be carried forward for generations to come.

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      MizBejabbers 5 months ago

      Thanks, I hope 2017 will be a great year for all of us. I appreciate your reading and commenting.

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      Maria Jordan 6 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a sweet and inspirational story, MizBejabbers ... thank you for sharing your seasonal smiles with us.

      Happy, blessed new year to you and yours. Hugs, mar

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      MizBejabbers 6 months ago

      Thanks so much for your beautiful reply, Venkatachari. I'm so glad you liked it. The tree was still decorated this morning when I drove by on my way to work. I hope they leave it decorated until New Years Day.

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      Venkatachari M 6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A beautiful story. Enjoyed the story and the poem as well. There are always some people who care and bring joy in life. This is the reason the world is still beautiful in the midst of wars, terrorism, crime, and self-centered people. Your story should be a message to all. Thanks for telling such nice story.

      Wish you and your family A merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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      MizBejabbers 6 months ago

      Larry, thank you for reading and commenting. Writing this was kind of my Christmas present to me this year.

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      MizBejabbers 6 months ago

      Oh, thank you, Ruby. I appreciate the compliment. I think the real heart came from these guys (and maybe gals) who put real life into this tree. Happy New Year to you!

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      MizBejabbers 6 months ago

      Hope you and Bev had a Merry Christmas. Thank you so much for your lovely words, my friend Bill. Light and love to you and yours in 2017.

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      MizBejabbers 6 months ago

      Flourish, so do I. I didn't realize how much I missed the tree until Christmas.

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      Larry Rankin 6 months ago from Oklahoma

      Beautifully done. A wonderful story for the season.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved your story. You were able to give the tree a heart with your lovely writing....Happy New Year!

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good writers can create beauty from the mundane. You are a very good writer. Lovely, lovely work, my friend.

      Wishing you peace and happiness this holiday season.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a wonderful true story and poem, MizB. Perfect for Christmas. Along a small stretch of highway on the way to Toowoomba someone has decorated every small growth pine tree closest to the road with Christmas tinsel..it really brightened an otherwise routine drive.

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      What a beautiful, uplifting story. I hope someone will continue the tradition.

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