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Old Elm Speaks by Kristine O'Connell George
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It is as I told you, Young Sapling.

It will take
autumns of patience
before you snag
"Old Elm Speaks" from OLD ELM SPEAKS: TREE POEMS

Kristine O'Connell George's descriptive work in this 1998 collection would serve as a mentor text in the writing workshop or a poetry workshop. . .or a poetry writing workshop.

A bud on a branch is described as "a tiny velveteen satchel,/the color of pale cream/perched on the tip/of this bare branch."

A young girl rides upon her "tree horse" while summer "fills the/empty space/between/two trees/with a/hammock."

The poet takes us and the trees we read about through the different seasons of their lives which in turn reflect our own. This is the mark of most thoughtful poetry for younger readers.

A beautiful collection of tree-inspired poems that would ladder well with Douglas Florians Poetrees.

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