Saturday, July 19, 2014

Little Tree Lost--By Kathryn McLoughlin Collins--United States

Little Tree Lost

Oh how I love a tree;
any tree, anywhere:

longtime triple-trunked
royal trees;

redwoods giant, gallant
rising, heavenly;

trees, tall and slender,
so tall you can’t catch them;

short trees eye to eye with me
and so we talk squirrel talk. 

I have a tree inside about 18” high;
he lives on my corian counter;

when he hears the wind,
and takes a look outside

he sees his cousins swaying
cries a tear and softly sighs.

Born in 1945, Kathryn Collins is a native New Yorker now living in Connecticut whose works have been described as “a gentle sort of poetry” by the editor of her first book No Need for Breadcrumbs, published by BeWrite Books, 2004. Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies. Inspired by her beloved grandmother, she developed a great love of poetry at an early age and has been writing for 20 years.


  1. Kathryn, I love and admire your respect for trees. I, too, see them as a very intricate and beautiful part of life and nature. Your poem is fabulous! Sheri /

  2. Kathryn, I love the idea of your little inside tree wistfully watching his cousins outside. So sweet. And beautifully written! Lisa

  3. Beautiful poem, Kathryn. I enjoyed it. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  4. Dear Kathy!
    Trees in the breeze can bring one to one's knees... :-))
    Loved the poem!! Happy to see a new one!

  5. Dear Kathryn,

    I really enjoyed your poem about trees as I love them too. I like how you wrote of the little one inside wishing he were outside with his relations who "cries a tear and softly sighs" very touching and beautifully written. I hope to see more of your poetry I have missed reading your work.


  6. Dear Kathryn,

    Yours is indeed a "gentle sort of poetry" that touches readers' hearts. The entire poem is beautiful (I'm a tree lover/hugger too). My favorite lines were those about the "squirrel talk." Gave me a big smile!

    Beautifully penned!

    Best wishes,

  7. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following--

    Kathryn - thought-provoking write indeed - I have a tiny indoor tree too, wonder what he thinks as he sees the bigger trees in the garden

  8. Really love this on Kathryn:
    What an adorarable poem.....perhaps one day he will be planted outside until then it is Bonsai dreams for him on the Corian counter.