Comfort and Joy to You

and were you very sorry to come away?
see      I will comfort you
— e. e. cummings

This has nothing to do with travel but it has everything to do with the season of long nights which we are currently in. I am writing this on Dec. 22, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. On the holiday broadcast of the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart said (loose quote) “We all know the song ‘We Need A Little Christmas.’ It seems that this year we need a lot of Christmas.” In that spirit I feel moved to share with you one of my favorite poems by e. e. cummings.

What I love about this poem is that it humanizes the tree, noticing the possible feeling of fear and danger which would come with its being taken out of its usual home. The childish delight at the tree’s scent and beauty charm and encourage the tree into joining in the festivities, taking on the spangles and hopefully singing with the children.

May we all adopt the child’s joy and offer comfort to all around us who feel displaced. And may you enjoy a cozy holiday with those you love. I wish you the best of holidays, filled with comfort and joy!


little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see          i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid

look          the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

dreamstime_xs_57956327put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”

Boundaries divide. Travel unites.

24 December 2015

About Travel Unites

A travel agent since 1994, I want people to get together for greater understanding across boundaries.
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