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The Cedar by the Sidewalk




Sap runs through your veins

I would take a sip if you offered it,

But this is your blood.

I’ve seen it drip when you are cut.

Should I prune you?

Should I separate the branches

that hang low over the sidewalk

From your trunk?

I’m sure if I asked you and you told me

You would prefer not.

They say it’s good to prune trees.

It’s something we humans

are supposed to do.

I will not ask you.

I will ask my love

To cut the branches

Hanging low over the sidewalk

When I’m not looking –

When I’m far away,

And you are sleeping

While I sop applesauce

with my pancakes.

I’m sure the neighbors

will be happy.


squirrel in cedar tree

A squirrel sits in my untidy cedar by the sidewalk.

And one more thing:

natural wonders of trees

Thank a tree.


 For today’s SoCS prompt, Linda gave us this list of words or word parts to use as we see fit:

sap, sep, sip, sop, and sup.

She also told us that SEP stands for someone else’s problem. I suppose the cedar limbs hanging over the sidewalk are my responsibility, but to be honest, they are only a problem for people taller than me, or when it rains a lot and they hang lower, or occasionally snows which is every couple years. Anyway, I hope David does the deed during the winter when I suppose trees are sleeping.

To read more fascinating ways these S words show up in streams of consciousness and for more information of  “Someone Else’s Problem” which I could have written about since I tend to take on other peoples problems though not so much anymore, visit Linda’s blog:

Here are the rules for SoCS:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

28 thoughts on “The Cedar by the Sidewalk

  1. Trees are the protectors of life on earth, they need to be appreciated more than they are.

  2. I always appreciate a good tree piece. Well done. ❤ Treeeeees ❤

  3. Your poem showed your deep affinity that you have with trees.

  4. I like the image of you not looking

  5. I love cedar trees. Not that they grow around here but saw a couple of lovely ones in Italy. I am sure the cedar will appreciate a trim knowing you don’t cut her down 😁

  6. Thank you trees!! We plant at least one tree every February for the last 19 years. The originals are big now. I remember them as twigs almost when we first put them in the ground.

  7. Nice piece. I cried when my huge Elm lost one of it’s large limbs to an ice storm. The ice got too heavy and the limb just snapped off. Poor thing, the tree recovered by the way and still shades the front of the house just fine. 😉

  8. This is a beautiful poem, JoAnna. A very good response to the prompt. I like how you passed the job off to your love. “It has to be done, but I don’t have to do it…”

  9. so compassionate, dear JoAnna!
    i’ve given trees plenty of say
    since seeing the wizard of oz movie. 🙂

  10. Thank you JoAnna for your lovely poem standing up for the trees.
    I can trim twigs and small branches but when a huge Fir tree between the neighbours and mine
    was felled I had to go. It was to hard seeing my friend destroyed.
    It was huge and gave so much oxygen.


    • I am grateful for your understanding and sorry for the loss of your friend. I’ve had to draw the shade and turn up music when neighbors cut down big trees. We do what we can.

  11. This is beautiful Joanna, and I guess pruning trees seems quite an affront to such an amazing organism. Our chestnut trees here at Navasola are very old and the wind and heavy fruit can bring branches down. I like to think we are helping the trees a bit by some careful pruning?

  12. I so love trees. Thank you for this beautiful, sensitive post…

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