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Judgmental-dismissive labels and tags are NOT the way to go
And here's a True Tale - it happened to me - I guess I should know
"You can't judge a book by its cover," an ol' guy once told me
I recall what he said, when I get outa bed, and see, thru the window, that tree

K-Mart...Cheap Tree...A dollar and a half
A thing of beauty? Dignity? Grace? Please, don't make me laugh
Was I, the moment I saw it, simply filled with delight?
At its stature? Its promise? No, oh, no - but, you see, the price was right!

So, I obtained my cheap tree, and straight home we both went
My tree was . . . pretty pretty - and I, quite giddy at how little I'd spent
I removed the cheap tag, just as soon as we arrived home
Then the two of us went just east of my room, and stood there all alone

Out came the Earth crumbs, in went the tree
And, at that moment, no one could know - at that moment, no one could see
What, One Day, that Cheap Tree would, in fact, become
And, had I not seen her from that day to this, I'd surely've been struck dumb

For there she stands now, where she blocks out the sun
Where she hosts herds of birds, who sing and have fun
Whose branches I trim - and they're high . . . and it's hard
To care for the largest, most luscious tree in my yard...

Which says something to me about people . . . and that tree
See, my tree didn't know she was tagged almost free
Her value was not reflected by the tag that she bore
And neither is yours...need I say more?

Copyright 2006 - Tom A.B. Taylor (429)

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Comment by Tom Taylor on March 2, 2008 at 7:44am
I KNEW there was something familiar about you!!

Thanks for making time to read, and listen - perhaps the two of us could start another group: Cheap Trees

That's a true story, Buck. (The Boss just came in and reminded me of ALL I have to do in the next hour before we leave for church - floors, bathroom, dusting, etc., while she prepares Sunday Dinner with the family, so I'd best be about it - more later.)

Thanks, again, for staying up (relatively) late and reading about a K-Mart Tree - and receiving its message. I find it encouraging, and I hope you do, too.

Blessed Sunday to you and yours,

Tom
Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on March 1, 2008 at 11:34pm
I love that poem. I do... I wouldn't mind being a cheap tree myself. Hey wait a minute... I think I am.

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