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Tallow Tree

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Tallow Tree

One of your relatives sprouted behind my house
Cut it down twice...fat chance
Ended up damaging my half paid for home
I wanted revenge, so I resorted to torture
Dug up and hacked roots; soaked oil and poison
No dice...stripped off all the bark at the base
Well THAT did the trick...dead inside of two months
Fell flat on its ass (I helped a little)
Sucker almost got me on the way down
Guess it was taking one last parting shot...

Then I moved back up to my native state,
out in the woods with no other house in sight
Found you in a perfect spot in the back yard
Basically no trunk...just huge thick branches,
grown out at about forty-five degrees;
perfect for great-grand's to scramble up and sit
("Look paw-paw, look at me!"..."Be careful!" I fume)
In the spring you bloom green-yellow flowers
In summer, assorted butterflies and bees 
It's September now...you're growing shiny berries
which will mature, then the walls will peel away
and there you are... tiny white Tallow seeds
used in Asia to make candles and soap
and oil; nature-made vegetable oil
Your leaves are used as herbal medicine;
topical ointment to treat skin ailments
Your American nickname is "Popcorn Tree"
And I'm not going to lay one finger on you...

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 5:35:00 PM
    Hey Tim...this could be a movie....congratulations... really made me smile.....

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 6:06:00 PM
    Tim, your indifference to the tree is superbly portrayed. Great humor and serious annoyance of the tree brought the entire poem to life. Spectacular...congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 10:47:00 AM
    wow, incredible how you made this kind of tree come alive for us An awesome poem. that I don't believe I saw before of yours. BIg congrats, Tim. . LOVED it (I too had a stubborn tree once)

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 10:55:00 PM
    congrats on your awesome win............. SKAT

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 10:12:00 PM
    Tim.. Congratulations, thank you ever so much... I was very happy with all the poems entered in my TREE contest :-). Please enjoy my blog, I sure did... LOL--- always~ Linda

  1. Date: 9/17/2009 9:52:00 AM
    I don’t know why her passionate Hey Tim! I have read the poem again and I found it superb, I love the creativity and passion you put into the writing of this poem. I love these lines ‘In the spring you bloom green-yellow flowers In summer, assorted butterflies and bees It's September now...you're growing shiny berries’. Thanks for your soupmail. All I can say about myself for now is that I am a noble Nigerian. Please keep writing and you may keep in touch too. Adeleke

  1. Date: 9/14/2009 5:11:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry today Tim. Thank you for sharing. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/13/2009 8:29:00 PM
    What a delightful poem!! That is a tree that is destined to grow and thrive....so just as well make it a friend!! Loved this write!! ~ love Carrie

  1. Date: 9/13/2009 4:23:00 PM
    LOL loved it..please take a picture I have never seen one & send it to me! Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/13/2009 10:54:00 AM
    Tim, if I had such a tree, I'd love watching it change from season to season. Still, the first verse gave me a good laugh as I struggled to get rid of pesky plants and trees that harmed my old house in Tallahassee. Living in the woods has its benefits and problems. Very nice image of the grandchildren enjoying sitting by the tree! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/13/2009 9:04:00 AM
    funny but thought proviking. this is an interesting piece... I am adding it to my fav list. great you Tim! Adeleke