Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pale Yellow


Sweet Gum Tree
Sybil Johnson

This tree's sap smells like heaven to me
Of course there are other names for this wonderful tree
But it grows so inconspicuously
And admid all of the other trees
This memory if first for me
The smell of the sap from the sweet gum tree.

12 comments:

Daniel Spurgeon said...

This has been Sebastian's favorite tree every seen I showed him how he could whittle the young twigs and use them as a type of toothbrush- and also as a type of breath freshener. Some people don't like the sweet gums because of the "mess" that they make- especially with the spiky seed pods- but it is also one of my favorite trees.

Mother Nature's Garden said...

...and they are so pretty. Have you seen wreaths made with sweetgum balls?
Donna

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Hi Daniel! I figured you could give us some amazing sweetgum data! I read somewhere that their sap is tasty...or something like that. Regardless, I love these starry trees!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Hello Donna! No, I've not seen those wreaths but I'll bet they're gorgeous. That may become an autumnal project in my spare time! Thanks for stopping by.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

One of falls most lovely yellows.

Blessing Counter said...

Are these Tupelo Gumtees?! You know your dear friend grew up surrounded by them in my same-named hometown! And did I mention, I am hoping this birthday week is filled with the kind of peace these images evoke! Much love from here -- Carol

Disturbed Stranger said...

That was breathtaking.. beautifully written and wonderfully expressed... I could almost smell it..

well done!!

jodi said...

Wow. We don't have sweetgums here, but how lovely the colours are! I'm still trying to figure out how we got to be in mid-October, aren't you?

kendalee said...

I had no idea that the sweet gum had so many gorgeous colours and useful gifts wrapped up in it! Beautiful!!

nancybond said...

A beautiful tree and spectacular splash of fall color. :)

albertaphotography said...

I've never seen one of these trees -- well maybe in our travels to the US we may have but didn't realize it ... such a pity. This is a lovely photo and thank you for introducing me to this lovely poem as well!

Bo said...

We had sweet gum trees where I grew up, but I don't see them in Wisconsin. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places...

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