We Planted a Tree

Rose Cappelli and Lynne Dorfman introduced me to the idea of  taffy sentences at the Write to Learn Conference several weeks ago. Since then, I’ve been pondering how to use that idea in my writing. In researching, I discovered a definition by Katie Wood Ray in Wondrous Words (p.176-177):

“These sentences begin with a central idea and then pull that idea out a little bit, and then a little bit more, and maybe even a little bit more. Each time the sentence is stretched, a little more detail is added and the original detail is repeated.”

I played with this idea in today’s poem.tree

We planted a tree.
We planted a river birch tree.
We planted a  river birch tree, with tattered bark, at the corner of our house.
This  river birch tree, with tattered bark, planted at the corner of our house, grew so tall branches scraped the rooftop.
This river birch  tree, with tattered bark, planted at the corner of our house, unfurled its hidden roots, clawing through our lawn.
Our river birch tree, with tattered bark, was removed to prevent damage from the branches scraping and roots clawing at the corner of our house.
Our river birch tree, a stump at the corner of our house.
Our river birch tree stump ground into mulch.
We do not have a tree planted at the corner of our house, yet.

 

 

 

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