The Arbutus Tree


The Arbutus Tree



Warrior like limbs

Solid and strong

Yet smooth

as skin

Burning in sun

flakes fall


as summer snow

uniquely curled

and small

In spring

you loosen leafy shawl

as if to taunt the trees

that lost their’s

in fall

When winter wages war

and deciduous trees

parade bare

you flaunt


waxy emerald coat

as if you hadn’t

a care!


I love everything about our Arbutus tree.  It’s refusal to fit in with the crowd reminds me of Someone I dearly love.  He was about his Father’s business, and the establishment was largely not impressed!

Out of the Box Blessings ~ Wendy

24 thoughts on “The Arbutus Tree

    1. Thank you! I can really relate to this tree, as my life is so out of schedule compared to my friends. They had their children when they were younger and have empty nests, now. Our nest is full, and these teens are helping keep us young! 🙂 It worked out well for us.
      Blessings ~ Wendy

  1. This tree is amazing! And so is how you related it to Jesus! He is just everywhere and you are quick to see Him and give Him praise! God bless you and thank you!

    1. Forever the tease! I know that you love our tree, too…
      Hugs ~ Wendy
      PS – I might need to “borrow” your sunrise photo, as the weather is not cooperating and I have a poem all ready for one…

  2. Hi Wendy, missing seeing you all. Each one of us mentioned today that we hadn’t seen your family for a bit. Hope you ALL feel better soon! Thanks for the wonderful words and images. I love the Arbutus trees as well… 🙂 Hugs, Dee

    1. Hi Dee! We are battling the flu bug. It is tricky keeping the kid’s spirits up when they have all had to miss so much this week… And would you believe that Grayson had to get 7 stitches in his hand on top of it all? ( picking up a broken juice jug off the floor…) I heard him playing his guitar today… so things are looking up! And Galen was on his drums! 🙂 Kara is suffering the most right now. The parents just feel dragged out. Maybe this means we’ll be home-free from sickness at Christmas? Your family has been through it, too, already?
      Blessings ~ Wendy

  3. Oh, I hope Kara feels better soon! It was a NASTY flu. We all had it here too, but I think I was the worst. I had such a bad fever and mine lasted three weeks. I finally got to the clinic for my flu shot but it might be in vain. We are hoping the same as you…maybe we’ll be free from the flu bug at Christmas. Hang in there! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you soon! Blessings, Dee

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