Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Sugar-Plum Tree

Have you ever heard of the Sugar-Plum Tree?
'Tis a marvel of great renown!
It blooms on the shore of the Lollypop Sea
In the garden of Shut-Eye Town;
The fruit that it bears is so wondrously sweet
(As those who have tasted it say)
That good little children have only to eat
Of that fruit to be happy next day.

When you've got to the tree, you would have a hard time
To capture the fruit which I sing;
The tree is so tall that no person could climb
To the boughs where the sugar-plums swing!

But up in that tree sits a chocolate cat,
And a gingerbread dog prowls below-
And this is the way you contrive to get at
Those sugar-plums tempting you so;

You say but the word to that gingerbread dog
And he barks with such terrible zest
That the chocolate cat  is at once all agog,
As her swelling proportions attest.
And the chocolate cat goes cavorting around
From this leafy limb unto that,
And the sugar-plums tumble, of course, to the ground -
Hurrah for that chocolate cat!

There are marshmallows, gumdrops, and peppermint canes
With striplings of scarlet or gold,
And you carry away of the treasure that rains,
As much as your apron can hold!

So come, little child, cuddle closer to me
In your dainty white nightcap and gown,
And I'll rock you away to that Sugar-Plum Tree
In the garden of Shut-Eye Town.
                                                                                                - Eugene Field

7 comments:

mudderbear said...

How delightfully fun. I love it. And the picture with it is perfect. I'll bet you are really perfect as a grandma and the kids all love to come to your house to see you.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Is that really the name of that beautiful flowering tree? I tried to google it but couldn't find a thing except for the poem by Eugene Field. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Tammy

polkadotpeticoat said...

I would love a flowering tree...well maybe even a yard full of them, would be even better!

Pondside said...

Could you send me some seeds for a Sugar Plum Tree?.... :)

Laurie said...

I love this Diane, have never heard it before. Thanks for the smile and childhood memories, it brings to mind the Big Rock Candy Mountain, I remember singing that in 2nd grade.

Ramblin Rose said...

Believe it or not-I've never heard this poem but it's beautiful and the picture is just perfect for it. Love, Patsy

The French Bear said...

How lovely!!! I wish I had this tree in my yard. Such a wonderful poem, somehow I feel like singing it and I never sing!!!! Good thing you can't hear me....
Hugs,
Mags
xx