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The Tomboy Tree

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The Tomboy Tree

It was a great tree, that pepper tree…
well, not really a pepper tree,
but it had
these terrific little hard black berries
that hung from its branches…
sure looked like black
peppercorns.

And it had the best branches, excellent
for climbing and getting up high,
hiding,
safe and secure behind the drooping
limbs higher up, with long tendrils
of green leaves
tickling my ears.

I could be up in the tree before
Mom could see me behind the trunk
calling me to come to lunch, or
perhaps dinner,
and I would pretend I could not
hear her
even tho I knew
I was courting disciplined trouble
as she had this
not so great paddle
and was never hesitant to use it.
but to leave the tree?

No, tomboy me, I needed to
climb and climb
to reach the stars and the sunshine
in night or day
to get away
from the changes of womanhood encroaching
to remain a tomboy just one
more moment
longer.


8 May, 2000
©KRJ



 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

© Copyright 2000 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 05-08-2000 05:58 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Ah, take me back to the innocense of youth.  This is a remarkable poem, Sunshine.  About how things "used" to be... before reality calls.  What happens to that passion we used to possess I wonder, that need to climb and climb and climb...  What cause us to just set down one day and never look up anymore...

Sorry for babbling...  this really moved me, though.


Michael
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2 posted 05-08-2000 09:14 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Sunshine~
This was GREAT !
I grew up climbing trees just to show my brothers
I could climb higher than they could.

I still get those irrestible urges ..
and I give in to them and can still
shinny up a good old magnolia with the best of 'em.  
The old spreading, gnarly oaks are good climbers too.
But my favorite climbing tree is the camphor.
The brances are springy and make for a great way to 'rock' away an afternoon.

Thank you for a precious memory-stirrer !
~*Marge*~


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I joined you in the tree Sunshine. Today I feel like this is where I'd like to be. Thank you for taking me there ...

Best wishes,
/Kit
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4 posted 05-08-2000 10:20 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Sunshine, this one is a real smiley! I enjoy the mood you created and the memories it brought back.
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5 posted 05-08-2000 11:59 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

I was a Tomboy too and used to find every excuse to be outside or up a tree or in the mountains, or soaking wet, or muddy or anything just not to be inside all those long summer days  
What fun, thanks for reminding me..
~X~
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6 posted 05-09-2000 07:42 AM       View Profile for Brandyn Sand   Email Brandyn Sand   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Brandyn Sand's Home Page   View IP for Brandyn Sand

Awww.. this was absolutely GR8!  I could almost feel the breeze blowing through the branches of that tree. I was never a "tomboy," but this piece surely took me into the playfulness of that mindset.  Wonderful!  Catchy title as well.

 
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7 posted 05-09-2000 09:04 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Thank you all for joining me
in my favorite peppertree
where memories will last and last
in all our childhoods, altho past.

['Deer, especially glad you got a smiley out of it!]
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Another Tomboy here ... Thanks for the great memories this piece evoked, Sun ...  
This is now in my favorites file ....
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{~,^}ing at Pepper!!!
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