The Winter Tree: Poetry Friday

SnowflakeFellWhen my boys were younger, I bought a lot of poetry books for them. One of our favorites is A Snowflake Fell: Poems About Winter by Laura Whipple. The book, unfortunately, is out of print. That’s a shame because the selection of poems is lyrical and interesting and the illustrations by Hatsuki Hori are so evocative of the soft light and shapes of winter.

My boys’ favorite poem is The Winter Tree by New York artist and poet Douglas Florian. I didn’t connect the poem the boys memorized with the poet until I was doing some background research on him and I realized that he periodically participates in Poetry Friday through his blog, Florian Cafe. How neat is it that the boys have memorized a poem by a fellow poetry Friday participant!

So, without further ado, The Winter Tree by Douglas Florian

The winter tree
Is fast asleep.
She dreams, in reams
Of snow knee-deep.
Of children climbing up her trunk,
Of white-tailed deer
And gray chipmunk,
Of picnics,
And short sleeves,
And leaves

And leaves

And leaves

and leaves.


For more Poetry Friday, visit Violet Nesdoly’s blog.

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14 Responses to The Winter Tree: Poetry Friday

  1. Laura Shovan says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Katya. Sweet illustration on the cover. The poem’s repeating final line works so well! It made me think of the quiet sweep of snow, right after fall.

  2. Love this poem! Thanks for sharing, Katya. (Especially love those “reams of snow”!)

    • kczaja says:

      It’s great use of the word, isn’t it. I associate ‘reams’ with items that can be assembled and stacked in bulk like books or pens.

  3. Tabatha says:

    What a great poem to memorize! Love your photo — I envy you your snow.

  4. Violet N. says:

    Gorgeous poem! I too have sometimes been a little ‘star-struck’ when I realize who I am rubbing shoulders with here at Poetry Friday. I’m glad these talented, successfully published poets are ok to hang with us.

    • kczaja says:

      Getting to know professional and amateur poets and poetry-lovers through Poetry Friday has been the highlight of starting this blog.

  5. Douglas really knows how to capture a moment. Beautiful. I like the photo, too – looks like you’ve got about as much snow as we do here in NH – which isn’t much, for this time of year!

    • kczaja says:

      Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten as much as the kids would like. The scouts didn’t get to build and sleep in winter shelters this year because it was too warm and there wasn’t enough snow.

  6. Ruth says:

    I love the idea that the tree is dreaming. Beautiful poem.

  7. Linda Baie says:

    I love that your boys are loving poetry, Katya. What a gift to give to them! The poem is lovely. Florian makes me feel all kinds of feelings with his poetry-prolific & good! Thanks!