Sonnets For My Living Room Tree

Sonnets For My Living Room Tree
Sonnets For My Living Room Tree

Sonnets For My Living Room Tree

Sonnet 1

I am not sure your name but know you well,

how many years have you been in my space

to provide me my breath during my race

though you will sit and remain very still.

The proof that tender love and care is worth

more than the money from a Billionaire

who brings no comfort or purifies air

and quickly disappears from the planet Earth.

You have been there through my times of weakness,

so still in your Earthenware pottery,

if selfish certainly in a slow way.

Though unfamiliar with this trees Genus

and grasping vague concepts of Botany

I understand our yearly interplay.

Sonnet 2

To think about the books I read near you

where we gathered as our location,

the facts, as if we shared conversation

in quiet spaces were both of us grew.

Or when your roots were bare in the kitchen,

a family dinner simmered, fresh and hot,

provided steam to wet your earthen pot

you seemed satisfied by your position.

In time you find yourself in deeper soil

were you can finally stand on your own

and offer darker green as your decor.

A branch holds young leaves ready to uncoil

towards a path of sunlight were you’ve grown

to firmly grasp upon Esprit de Corps.

Sonnet 3

The many levels of a life well lived

so many different places to call home

through miles of virgin forest I once roam

but today I sit quietly until skived.

Only the tree remembers who I was

when I would cook the feast for Holidays

and I would clean our house for all our plays

if asked “why?” I would answer “Just because.”

A simple life of absorbing the light,

to transfer energy from air to leaf,

this spectacular chore from what I see.

I gladly provide water, do what’s right

to part of life that is more than motif,

here we live, dogs, and children, and a tree.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Sonnets For My Living Room Tree

  • February 22, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    I love these sonnets, Jamie. How delightful you devote your sonnets to the tree which has become an important part of your life. It looks like your rhyme scheme is ABBA, ending with CC – yes? I love to write and read sonnets. Great job, dear poet.

  • February 22, 2020 at 7:14 PM

    Phyllis, I love Italian or Petrarchan Sonnet over English or Shakespearean. ABBA ABBA with a CDE CDE sestet. Thank you my friend. Jamie


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