Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 201,439 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

Eucalyptus Tree - Poem by Kelly Kurt

Eighteen inches tall and no thicker than a pencil
A eucalyptus tree was given to me
I have a green thumb, or so people say
A love for all life is the key
From April through September I brought it outside
To soak up the full gift of the sun
The other half of the year it lived indoors with me
As if my significant one
By second summer’s start it had doubled in size
And gave off an aromatic scent
It spoke to the yard and passers-by
With a distinct Aussie accent
Year after year the same cycle repeated
‘Til my tree was over six feet tall
Thick as a quarter at its base
When it came in with me last Fall
January’s lassitude became a little deeper
When my tree suddenly expired
This April will miss the ceremonial switch
As its planter has been retired

Topic(s) of this poem: tree, trees, nature, hope, life, love, memory

Poet's Notes about The Poem

My eucalyptus tree died this winter. It was a gift from a dear friend and a dear friend itself.

Comments about Eucalyptus Tree by Kelly Kurt

  • (3/26/2015 8:18:00 PM)

    Amazingly touching. Very clear and vivid description of your inner relationship with this beautiful tree.
    Hard for those who live in cyberspace and social waste to understand such a relationship. But it certainly came thru in this excellent poem. I loved it!
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    Kelly Kurt (3/26/2015 8:55:00 PM)

    Thank you Sandra. I truly adored that tree and took care of it for many years. The friend who gave it to me has terminal cancer and I had hoped to keep that tree with me always.

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  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/26/2015 8:06:00 PM)

    How touchingly you have described the relationship and bond between a plant and its gardener! Enjoyed reading this simple poem. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (3/26/2015 8:57:00 PM)

    I usually forgo sing songy rhyme but the simple style of this poem spoke of my simple love of that tree. Thank you for your very kind words.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, April 20, 2015

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