Tree of Life

  • Tree of Life is an invented verse form written in the shape of a tree. Found at Poetry Styles and created by Christina Jusaumme who requests the subject of the poem be uplifting.
    The Tree of Life is:

    • a poem in 19 lines.
    • syllabic, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-4-4-4-4-4-4.
    • unrhymed.
    • centered on the page.

My Thanks to Christina R Jussaume for her work on PoetryStyles site.


My example


Be Deciduous (Tree of Life)



that falls

on barren

limbs still may break

those boughs. None-the-less

the trees prepare themselves

by shedding platforms to which

snow would adhere, ensuring harm.

Bears can push through piles of snow, yet don’t.

They forecast and hibernate while snow falls.

It seems that man alone insists that he must

strive to thumb his nose and try to dance his forty

hour shuffle, weather be damned, inviting heart attacks.

Stock some lanterns

and candles too

stockpiles some food

that’s good for you

then read some books

and stay inside.


© Lawrencealot – February 3, 2015