Monday, August 26, 2013

My Tree--By A. Michele Leslie--United States

My Tree

I see myself in the window
reflected at the end
of a frozen tree branch . . .
nothing else on the tree
but some books
from my desk.

Once the tree was filled
with apple blossoms.
Now, I alone
am its fruit.

Everything is so cold—
the frosted branch,
the starless sky.
I am just barely connected,
I could fall any moment.

What a heavy fruit
for such a slight branch
and how alone the tree would be
without me.

A. Michele Leslie is a poet and playwright who lives in Minneapolis with her husband, David, and two cats.


  1. Good symbolism Micele.I enjoyed reading it.
    I liked how you hightened the tension of the poem by using the correct words.

  2. I agree with Arthur, what a wonderful imaginative story as we the reader see ourselves on that frozen branch with you. Love Jane

  3. Thank you, Connie Marcum Wong, for the following comment--

    My kind of poetry Michele. A unique and amazing write! I loved it!
    Mahalo, Connie

  4. Wonderful piece of art. l can vividly picture the special tree, and wish it could be revived into its former state again.

  5. Interesting poetry giving one something to think upon...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  6. Hi Michele, how sad it must be to see the bare tree that has only you as a friend. This is definitely a reality check for me. I, too, feel like the last woman standing. Let the tree embrace you with its arms. You deserve a hug fro this great write! Best wishes, Carolyn Devonshire

  7. Thank you, Andrew Ntchindi Jere, for the following comment--

    A. Michelle, your poem is very beautiful, its creative in its' flow
    and content. Its one of the best poems I have ever read. keep it up!

    Andrew Ntchindi Jere

  8. Dear Michelle

    Lovely imagery in this poem and the vivid sense of the loneliness described here. Very well written and creative. Great work to read this evening.


  9. An interesting write that reflecting on which I can take off in various avenues. Love the concept of you being the fruit, and books almost leaves, - wonderful, - to then picture the tree alone add a more personal feeling to this piece for me and gives rise to a rethink of whether on re-read if there is more of a personal emotional pull to the whole poem...

  10. Dear Michele,

    Thank you for all the kind comments you posted for other writers today and for sharing your wonderful poem at Whispers. It is encouraging people like you that make this site possible. Wishing you the best with all your writing endeavors.


  11. Thanks for all the kind comments on my poem. I'm so glad to have such a great place and wonderful audience to write for!

  12. Thank you, Richard Sponaugle, for the following comment--

    I've been trying to write a tree poem of my own. This is very good and gave me ideas and angles I never thought of. A lot of thought went into it.