The Lonesome Little Christmas Tree

Updated on December 28, 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.

Aftermath of a storm

She is still hanging in there despite bad weather.
She is still hanging in there despite bad weather. | Source

Update Christmas 2017

Just a few days before Christmas, there she was again decorated in all her finery. The day after Christmas my husband said he knew how important it was to me to get a picture of the tree.The traffic was thin so he stopped for me to take a photo. I was shocked at the damage to the tree from a hard rain we'd had on on December 23. I took a photo anyway, but the poor little tree was devastated. The decorations were hanging in tatters and the star is the white object hanging to the East. I am posting it damage and all because you can still see how someone lovingly decorated the tree before the storm. Of all the years that I've been able to stop....

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 4 months ago

        Nikki, thank you for reading this and commenting. I had hoped to put some cheer into Christmas by writing this last year, and apparently I succeeded. I never expected this seasonal hub to become evergreen (no pun intended).

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        Nikki Khan 4 months ago from London

        This is an amazing poem and beautiful story of little tree.Whoever is decorating it,,God Bless him too.

        Really heart melting one.Enjoyed the poetry so much.

        Thanks for sharing dear.

        Many Blessings.

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 8 months ago

        Thank you, Jackie. Actually, I took my husband with me, and neither of us could locate the tree. It's too dangerous to slow down to snap on I-40. He is as enthralled with it as I am. Of course, now it isn't decorated, so we will have to wait until next Christmas. I don't think I would want to shoot a cloud from a moving vehicle either, that's why I didn't take my own photo of the mist when I wrote "In the Mist, a Paintng by God". Thanks for reading and the comment.

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        Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South

        What a heartwarming story for any time of the year. Perhaps you could have someone go with you and snap a picture of the tree? I have stopped taking chances shooting photos from my car so I shouldn't encourage others but I understand seeing something we want a photo of so bad. I was into cloud watching for awhile and that can really be dangerous while driving! ha ha

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 10 months 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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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 10 months 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 10 months ago from New Delhi, India

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

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 11 months 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 Moore 11 months ago

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

        https://hubpages.com/literature/Christmas-in-April...

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 11 months 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 Moore 11 months ago

        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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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 11 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 12 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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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 12 months ago

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

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        Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

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

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 12 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 12 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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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 13 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 13 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 15 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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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 15 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 15 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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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 15 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 15 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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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 15 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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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 15 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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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 15 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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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 15 months ago

        Thank you, John, I hope you can get a photo and post it of your stretch of Christmas trees. They really brighten the drive, don't they? I would love to see it. As always, I appreciate your friendship and encouragement. Hope you and yours had a Merry Christmas.

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 15 months ago

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

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        Larry Rankin 15 months ago from Oklahoma

        Beautifully done. A wonderful story for the season.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 months ago from USA

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

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