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I am Memory Tree

They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. (Psalm 1:3 NRSV)


I am memory tree–
each ornament she places
carefully on my branches
marks a moment–some memory–
one vague, one fresh
and others have long, deep stories
embedded in their
color, shape and texture. (KSR)


What memories surface for you this time of year? How can you give them room and space to tell their stories?

3 responses to “I am Memory Tree”

  1. Literally minutes ago, I told Michael I’m glad our tree now has ornaments. I said that I loved those first decorations, lace-edged red bows and baby’s breath, but I really enjoyed the ornaments. Truth be told those bows hold wonderful memories of our life at our first home, Linden Cottage. It’s not that we outgrew those. They are our foundation. And it’s good to remember your roots. But tastes change, and while we didn’t add our ornaments (likely as you did yours, year by year, but rather wanted to fill the tree quickly, still, they’ve been there a while in the new house–now nearly 20 yrs), and some of the ornaments were given by friends, or maybe one added later by us). So yes, they do hold memories now and are symbolic. They represent our changing sensibilities, which themselves, are forging new memories. Not saying this well, so I hope you get a gist. We both sort of collapsed after Lilies prep, the joy of it, and all the clean-up, but wow, it’s a good kind of exhaustion. Soooo happy you could be here, Kel. Just having your buoyant spirit here (on now, many occasions) decorates my place with a beauty that no ornament could ever capture.
    All my love, and merry Christmas.

  2. You and Lynn have given me a reminder of my very first Christmas tree when I was on my own. I didn’t have much money. I purchased a small tree. I decorated it with red stick-on bows and candy canes. Some years since I purchase candy canes and give to people. When I worked in a library at the circulation desk, I gave them to the kids when they checked out books. I didn’t do distribute candy canes this year because of my ‘grounding’ myself from driving the first part of this month as I awaited my new glasses to arrive.

    1. I’ll bet that was one of the most beautiful trees you ever had.

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Hi! My name is Kel Rohlf. I am an intuitive mixed-media artist, creative writer and performer. Life is a performance. I often attend.


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