“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~ Roald Dahl

The quote by Roald Dahl inspired my vision of a Poetree.

What’s a Poetree, you ask?


Poem + Tree = Poetree! (See, and you thought I couldn’t do math.)

The Poetree Movement (yes, I am calling it that) is very simple, and foolproof, magic. All you have to do is write a poem – small, big, confusing or straightforward, it doesn’t really matter and post it a tree. You can write the poem on paper, if you don’t mind the rain washing it away, or on a block of wood, a ribbon, anything…as long as you share it with the world.

Make a Poetree and put some magic back into the world! Write, hope and inspire!

Poem Tree

Here is the text of the poem from the picture, and the world’s first Poetree!

Once upon a time,

I sculpted a prince from lead.

Weaving stories that gave him breath.

In some, he had silver wings that could span

the length of a moonless night sky –

taking flight until he could land

On distant stars.

In others, I weighed him down by gifting him

with a heart carved from iron ore.

I manacled my thoughts around his wrists,

snaked them around his ankles –

spinning laurel wreathes

that pinned him to earth like a butterfly

in a lepidopterist’s prized glass cage.

Always, I would cursed him

with no voice to call his own

playing ventriloquist to give him words…

until I had no words left.

Then I let him die.

In the same famine of my mind

that starved my memory of the day when, 

Once upon a time,

I made dreams out of trees.

The poem basically represents my frustration with Kale from Dagger of the Sun, the novel I am working on, and how he always ends up “dying” when I can’t figure out what to do with him – but he can’t stay “dead” for long since he’s one of my main characters.

Oh, the madness!

Rika Ashton

(aka Probably Not a Poet)


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