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Thursday Tree Love: Sycamore Survivor


tree sycamore thru leaves

Every year she sheds her bark

And often leaves me gifts.

Heart in Bark on green

She’s survived many hurricanes

Diana, Bertha, Fran, Floyd, Florence…

Bertha, or maybe Fran, in ’96

Stretched her roots

And lifted her skirt,

But she reached down deep

And held on for dear life.

She’s leaned westward ever since –

Not over the neighbor’s house

More over the backyard.

She grew a second trunk for balance.

Tree sycamore trunk

When I lay hands on her

I can feel her humming.

If experts say she must come down

I will have to go away.

But she is safe for now.

She releases her round stars

And waits for another spring.


sycamore tree seed balls

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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.

22 thoughts on “Thursday Tree Love: Sycamore Survivor

  1. Beautiful πŸ’—

  2. Beautiful, JoAnna. I feel the love ❀

  3. What an absolute beauty, and so much love!

  4. Oh JoAnna, that was wonderful! I’m so sorry she has to go, but you have honored her ❀

    • I’m not sure yet if she has to go. My neighbor, who is generally a reasonable person, mentioned we consider it after Hurricane Florence. She felt like the tree was leaning over her house. It looks to me like it leans over the back yard. Not a big lean, just a little lean. I think maybe her son who was helping her clean up debris was concerned. I hope he saw me hugging Sycamore. I might have an assessment if she brings it up again. Thank you for your support and understanding Joey. ❀

  5. Wow! That is so much tree love!! Your words have almost recreated the tree in front of me.. metaphorically speaking πŸ™‚

  6. What a beautiful one! I loved your poem and felt your love for the Sycamore. Thank you for joining and sharing.

  7. I remember seeing many of these trees while in New Jersey and was always fascinated by the lovely patterns the shedding bark created. I loved the words that went with your photos.

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment and sharing your experience. I remember the first time I saw the bark shedding, I thought something was wrong. It’s a good lesson to remember. Now the pieces of bark are like gifts of art. I love that you appreciate the patterns.

  8. I am glad to see the sycamore tree – this reminded me of Zacchaeus who climbed this tree to see Jesus πŸ™‚ Loved reading what you have written. Thanks for sharing:)

  9. I love sycamores. They grow where I live in upstate New York. Such pretty bark! Your pictures do the tree justice.

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