the earth,
hoe the weeds,
prepare the soil
for planting a tree.
You must dig deep and make
a gently rounded, high berm
to hold in the moisture that will
provide sustenance for its growing.
A tabebuia’s in the garden now.

Caring for it daily while giving love,
you’ll be amazingly rewarded
by its hardiness and beauty.
A bit of fertilizer
now and then, will keep it
strong and blossoming.
Yellow flowers
bloom en masse

My first attempt at an etheree.  These lovely Tabebuia  (Tab-a-boo-ya) trees bloom in the spring here in Central Florida.  They are especially spectacular when blooming by the water’s edge– their brilliant yellow being reflected in the water.  Also known as the Yellow Trumpet Tree for their trumpet shaped flowers.  They also come in  pink (Pink Trumpet Tree).

My entry for dVerse FormForAll–Etherees, Shape and Concrete Poems:

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  1. the poem is fabulous and the tree is splendid looking. so full of beauty and elegance- both the poem and the tree.

    trees need very little care and they give so much in return.


  2. Lovely poem and poetic tree. Thanks for the poem. Good luck with the tree.


  3. gracefulglider

     /  January 5, 2011

    Poetic tree, I had missed visiting your page.
    Lovely poem you wrote great structure. I take with me a lesson for poetry and planting 😉

    Thanks for sharing.

    Love and Light Gayle!


    • So glad you liked this. It’s fun to try your hand at other forms of poetry. I’m learning from others all the time too. 😉


  4. A great etheree Bodhirose. I truely enjoyed it, the imagery was spectacular.
    The Lonely Recluse.


  5. You have used the form -etheree- back and forth very nicely. The flow of planting it, and then the tree growing with beautiful flowers shows an excellent use of the form.

    I have only been using the nonet lately (9 lines), and would like to try this form.

    Nice to meet you~


    • I think this is my one and only etheree and then did the double–back and forth. It was fun–I should try some others.

      I’ve gone to a website called Shadow Poetry and have taught myself some of the poetry forms. I usually just do free form poetry though. I have had no formal education on this at all but still am enjoying myself.

      Thanks for coming by…


  6. I enjoyed the gentle care imbued in your poem. I live at 10,000 feet of elevation so we don’t have any lovely flowering trees more like coniferous forest with aspens.


    • Oh, that’s quite an elevation, Anna, but it sounds lovely with the coniferous forest around you. I wonder what your winters are like way up there?


  7. I love the feeling of the piled earth and the roots hidden beneath it.
    Well formed and filled with gentle imagery.


  8. wow what a wicked cool yellow tree! i like…nice verse as welll…i wish we took better care of our trees…we need them and much too we can learn in the caring of trees…


  9. Beautiful tree and an etheree to match! Love it, Gayle.


  10. Beautiful etheree and reverse etheree giving us this gorgeous tree (I’ve seen them when I visit my son in Florida) and I never knew the name. It’s quite gorgeous and it is lovely in reflection. Well done and thanks for linking today!


    • They have a very short blooming period in the spring and when they aren’t they are quite unidentifiable. But you can spot them from long distances when they are in full bloom–gorgeous!

      Thank you, Gay.


  11. I like this very much. The tree is magnificent. It is so sad they don’t look like that year round.


  12. you did an awesome job, I have to try me one of those etherees


  13. a great poem – and what a gorgeous tree – a really creative post


  14. honestly this makes me want to go outside and dig in the soil…beautifully done


  15. I read this last night and could have sworn that I commented but since it isn’t here, I suppose it didn’t take. Your imagery is engaging, begging the reader to embrace as the poet does. Beautiful work.



  16. felt like a raindrop sliding done your words


  17. hobgoblin2011

     /  October 21, 2011

    Very nice, I like the piece a lot, very good job.



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