Once there was a little leaf
Who came from a little seed
He grew and grew
But he was still a very very little tree
No bigger than this was he
Along came a caterpillar 
Little Tree invited him to stay
The other trees told him that he was very foolish
That the caterpillar would surely eat all of his leaves 
And there would be nothing left of him
But, Little Tree liked the way caterpillar’s feet tickled his branches
And caterpillar didn’t eat all that much anyway 
The little tree grew and grew 
Along came a robin red breast
Little Tree invited her to stay
The other trees told him that he was very foolish
That he was not strong enough yet to hold a nest and a whole family of robins
But, he liked the way she sang such lovely songs to him 
And a nest full of babies wasn’t so heavy anyway
The little tree grew and grew
Along came a squirrel 
Little Tree invited him to stay
The other trees told him he was very foolish 
That his branches would surely break as the squirrel raced along them pretending to be a great circus star
But, he liked the way the squirrel made him laugh
And scurrying wasn’t so hard on his branches anyway
The little tree grew and grew
Day after day
Winter to spring to summer to fall
Each year he grew a little stronger
Each year his branches reached a little higher into the sky
Each year his roots traveled a little deeper into the earth
Until one day 
He wasn’t so little anymore
He was the biggest tree in the whole faery wood
Caterpillars tickled his trunk and ate his leaves
And turned into fluttering butterflies 
In the shelter of him
Birds of every feather and hue created nests in his hollow places
And raised families 
And sang to him of the sky
Squirrels raced along his branches 
And dared each other to scurry faster 
And the little tree laughed at their adventures 
Rabbits came to burrow in the safety of his roots
Deer came to rest in his protective shade
Bugs and birds and animals 
Of every shape and size and color came from far and wide
To make Little Tree their home..
Once there was a little leaf
Who came from a little seed
Who knew a little secret..
…a little love
Will always, but, always
Make a heart into a home…

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ellie894 January 6, 2020







18 thoughts on “little tree…

  1. As I was reading this, I thought maybe Little Tree would be in danger of being cut down one day— so then all his partners could come back and save him: like the Lion and Mouse in Aesop. I like your version because it was not predictable. Have a nice day.

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