Saturday, March 12, 2016

Pink Trees


Pink Trees

Spring trees bloom in shades of pink
that bring to mind bits of my childhood:
Pinks like the pearly inside of a conch shell
that we held to our ears at the beach;
like candy valentine hearts 
that say, "KISS ME" and "BE MINE";
like exotic flamingos at the zoo;
like Pink Panther cartoons;
like rose-shaped soaps 
in the guest bathroom at grandma's house;
like the soothing coolness of calamine lotion;
like Canada wintergreen mints;
like fluffy, fragrant powder puffs;
like sweet cotton candy from the circus;
like the tiny triangle of a kitten's nose;
like a box of Mr. Bubble bubble bath;
like nail polish that my fourth grade teacher wore;
like pigs scrubbed clean for the county fair.

It's no wonder these trees bring me such joy.
They reappear every spring and give me back my youth.



I took these pictures several years ago at the park near where I lived at the time. It's too soon for the pink trees to be blooming here yet, but it won't be much longer. I can't wait.

28 comments:

  1. Love your poem and can relate to all the pink things you mentioned. What memories! Every day I go out and photograph the pink trees (and the white blossoms). Ours have been blooming for about 3 weeks or so. I love all the different shades of pink in your photos.

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  2. Hi Connie, I love your poem. You brought to mind so many sweet memories. We are seeing pink trees blooming here currently. I hope you have a nice weekend.

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  3. Lots of pink! Very nice observation! I've never taken the time to think about all of these. Our redbud tree has its first sprigs of pink.

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  4. Sandy, Mildred, and Charlotte, thank you. Your flowering trees are all ahead of ours. I'm looking forward to seeing the blossoms start to appear around here.

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  5. I truly love this poem, Connie. Shades of pink and red are my favorites. Happy memories and more just around the corner!

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  6. Connie I am so with you... first your poem brought back so many memories... every pink thing you would say I would think back to a time I had or used the product... and the pink trees are a great reminder that spring is around the corner...

    Second although we have had a MUCH better winter this year, I am so looking forward to the lovely spring and fall...

    I hope spring comes for you soon too xox

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  7. Oh, what a wonderful piece of nostalgia! I photographed a pink tree today.

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  8. Pink trees are beautiful....eye candy.And they are as Karen said, just around the corner. Saw a bunch of robins. Have an amazing day out there Connie.

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  9. the pinks seem even brighter this year (then again, I say that every year). Think pink on a cloudy day - a total perk me up poem. Thanks

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  10. Oh what beautiful colors and such a nice poem. They bring back my childhood as well. Thanks for sharing your beauty.

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  11. Too soon here also for us to have any pink (or colorful) trees --but it won't be long. We did see some on our recent trip to Alabama...

    Great poem.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  12. Oh so lovely. We have a ways to go before our pink trees bloom, thanks for the preview!

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  13. The white and the pink flowering trees are also blooming in different areas and towns here. They are so lovely. I loved your poem......as always!

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  14. All the delightful pink pieces of nostalgia made me smile. I was excited to find Mr. Bubble in a local grocery store, and now I bath with it.
    Thanks for the precious pink poem, Connie.

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  15. Hello,

    Beautiful poem. It certainly reminds us so many day to day things which we use and enjoy in our life. The list is fabulous.

    Pink is such a lovely color, soothing to the eyes and we even say pink of health.

    Very well written enjoyable poem.

    Best wishes

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  16. The pink blooming trees always remind me spring is here ! Your poem reminded me of my childhood too...do they sell Mr. Bubble Bubble-bath anymore ?

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    1. Kathy, I don't know if they still sell Mr. Bubble or not. I haven't looked for it at the store for a very long time. :)

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  17. My oh my, did you trip some memories for me. I am now feeling like I'm ten years old imagining MY pink items. Love the picture and the verse!

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  18. What lovely memories of warmer spring days yet to come, Connie. Hope you are enjoying a lovely St Patrick's Day and thanks for your well wishes too.

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  19. What a lovely poem! I really like how your mind works. :)

    Trees are blooming all over the place here now, and many of them are in various shades of pink. Thanks to you, I'll never look at them quite the same again. I'll see their colors as stepping stones to happy memories.

    Have a super weekend.

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  20. Pink is one of my favorite spring colors- I can't wait to see more. I have one redbud blooming pink right now .

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  21. So pretty! We have a few crocuses already and I'm cleaning out closets so it must be spring time :)

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  22. What a beautiful poem that gave me springtime feelings inside. I also love the beautiful pictures that accompanied it!

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  23. They are pretty but they quickly turn green and almost all the redbud trees (that are really pink) are gone here--when I lived up north, there were several sections of a river that I'd try to float in the spring when the redbuds would flank us on each bank. You did a nice job of tying in our experiences of pink!

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    1. Sage, I agree, the pink disappears much too quickly. Your float down the river when the redbuds are in bloom sounds divine!

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  24. Oh, Connie, your poem and photos are awesome. I just love the imagery about the color pink. What a beautiful poem.

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  25. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I'm glad my words stirred up some happy memories for you. I hope you are all having a nice spring. Happy Easter to you all!

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  26. My daffodils are just starting to bloom and I have a lot of crocuses. Cant wait till my cherry tree blooms. Have a very happy Easter. Hugs, LJ

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