The Histories of Ornamental Trees

An Ornamental Tree
After transplant the trees leaves have grown broader…

The Histories of Ornamental Trees

1.) From Seed



each seed its own shape and size

blown in a light breeze.


Hoarded by squirrel

nibbled by quiet Deer

a chance for a life.


A root as anchor

when youth begins to find sprout

small yet flexible.


The soil holds you close

to its breast as you suckle

nutrients needed.


The sun a blanket

to wrap around fragile leaf

allowing deep breath.


Seedling to infant

very thin and small yet tall

and with care grows strong.


Cellular lessons

taught through these generations

through their long lifelines.

A tree in middle age
These travels from seed to the barren branch snag…

2.) The Midlife of Trees


These travels from seed

to barren branches to snag

blossoming middle.


After a transplant

the trees leaves have grown broader

and a darker green.


A network of roots

communication between

families broad leaves.


Mid life the trees stretch

beyond their limited reach

to find more sunlight.


A trunk now stable

to lose its lean and stand up

against gravity.


In adolescence

slender branches pointed tops

established themselves.


Soon comes middle age

grows thicker and heavier

will retain good health.


The trees prime of life

full round top corners with branch

take care of themselves.


This tree who listens

to the drama of our home

absorbing trauma.

Trees become seniors
Many years to live near the end stages of life…

3.) Trees Twilight


During this still life

a witness to birth and death

with a calm silence.


Trees become seniors

their canopy flattens out

dying branches thin.


Many years to live

nears the end stage of life

accepts humble plot.


Then comes the Twilight

fifty years of grey Twilight

a year for a branch.


One day death will come

this bark will become the soil

a new beginning.


Do trees feel pain?

Do they reach in agony

or hurt quietly?


When their branches break

their canopy opens wide

and green turns to brown.

Jamie Lee Hamann
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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

3 thoughts on “The Histories of Ornamental Trees

  • July 21, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Jamie, I love this story of the birth, life, and death of trees, then the new beginning. Wonderful work on these Haiku telling the histories. Great job. Take care.

  • July 23, 2019 at 7:41 PM

    Wonderful tribute to trees. I just love all kinds but my favorites stayed behind in Latvia. I am a sensitive person and for some reason trees seemed to reach out to me and they were all oaks. The tree in my garden was a tall oak named Henry, the first oak at the end of our block was Bernhardt, just before the store we went were Alfonss and Peter and the final oak stood right in front of the store and was Friedrich. And you know what? It was reasonable that I found contact with them and names because some of the names are German and at one time Germans occupied Latvia and probably planted some of these trees. Therefore thank you for these wonderful haikus to trees.

  • July 28, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Thank you Phyllis. Rasma your story is wonderful. I wished I could back and name all the tees that touched my life. Jamie

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