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The Little Fir Tree

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The Little Fir Tree

There was a plantation of fir trees
for some unknown reason, most of them
were three to four years old but one
It was only in its first year of growth

When Christmas drew near, the loggers came
and started to cut down some of the oldest
The little fir asked what is going on?
the other trees said its Christmas time

They will be taken into people's homes 
then they will be decorated and lit up
parcels at their feet sharing the joy
of Christmas, a real honour to be chosen

I want to be a Christmas tree said the fir
you are much too young and far too little
they take most trees when they are four
you will have to wait and do some growing

I want it to be spring it said not winter
then I will be able to grow big like you
soon the loggers had finished cutting down
now there were large gaps in the rows

The little fir thought lots of sun helps
at last the spring came and with it growth
the little fir stretched as high as it could
filling out as it reached upwards for the sun

In the morning men came and started to plant
soon there were lots of little trees around
one worker said strange there is one little one
should we cut it down, no leave it to grow bigger

The little fir grew all through the summer
enjoying the hot lazy days while it could
it saw many changes over the weeks and months
as autumn passed away the land cooled down

Then came the snows of winter, a blizzard or two
the snow lay heaped around the little fir's roots
It will soon be time for the loggers to come
then all us four year old's will be Christmas trees

I wish I could be a Christmas tree like all of you
you will have to grow a lot more before they take you
the little tree sighed, it so badly wanted to be one
next day the loggers came and took the older trees

Once more the rows looked very bare and also bleak
the little tree hunkered down to wait for spring
then one day a little girl and her dad came
they walked down the rows looking at all the trees

That one she shouted dad, pointing at the little fir
it is rather small, would you not like a bigger one
no, no, said the little girl that one is perfect
I can reach to do most of the decorating of it's branches

Fantastic thought the little tree, I am a Christmas tree
they gently cut it down and carried it to their truck
when they got home they put some growth power on the base
and planted it in a great big pot that was a shiny red

The tree looked around the room in awe struck wonder
there were flashing lights around the snowy windows
cards strung over the fire mantle so very colourful
streamers hung from corner to corner looking so gay

Then they started to put baubles, tinsel and lights
and a lovely angel to go on the top it felt so good
at last the little fir would know what Christmas
was like, it watched all the fun as the presents

Were passed around and eagerly opened with sighs
and shouts of delight, the tree smiled at their joy
now finally they sat down and ate their dinner
with many toasts being passed, at last it was over

Then next day they took the little fir outside
and put it in a cold frame to protect it for the winter 
oh wow it thought I will be a Christmas tree again next year
and so the little fir tree got it's dearest wish

written 12/20/2013 

contest Tell Me A Story

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  1. Date: 4/22/2014 1:05:00 PM
    Wonderful story Shadow...congrats on the win

  1. Date: 4/22/2014 6:35:00 AM
    Congrats on your win!! The story of the little fir tree has such a wonderful ending, and is such a cute Christmas story. I really enjoyed it! ~Heather

  1. Date: 4/22/2014 12:09:00 AM
    Shadow, Congratulations on your placement in the contest! RAY

  1. Date: 4/21/2014 10:15:00 PM
    Easily can imagine this on the shelf at Branes and Noble.. Start looking for an illustrator and publisher.. Obvious winner Shadow!

  1. Date: 12/19/2013 12:26:00 AM
    This was totally adorable. You should illustrate it and do it as a children's book. I just love it! Fav for sure.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/19/2013 8:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes it was an excellent visit, thanks for asking.
    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/19/2013 7:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty Rick glad you like it ty too for favoring it hope you had good time with your mum Season's greetings to you and yours Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/17/2013 3:46:00 PM
    wow, lucky for that tree they made it possible for it to enjoy the Christmas next year. a lot of trees dont' get to be that lucky. This was adorable!

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/18/2013 6:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    you know me Andrea I like to put a twist on the usual lol ty dear Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/17/2013 5:14:00 AM
    Fantastic flight of imagination and feelings to personify a fir tree, Shadow

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/17/2013 2:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Ram I wanted to write something a bit different about fir trees ty for reading Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/16/2013 9:22:00 PM
    You tell a great Christmas story, loved the history of the little fir tree, if only all firs ended this way, nicely done Shadow, this is full of creative juice for us to enjoy xxx

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/17/2013 2:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Vienna and ty too many end up in the tip Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 12/16/2013 4:36:00 PM
    Shadow, this is such a beautiful little story you have written here. I enjoyed every word of it. wonderful write...Peter

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/16/2013 4:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Peter ty I really appreciate your feedback Shadow x smile