Red Caterpillar Tree


Red Caterpillar Tree

is what it is to me,

don’t know the technical

scientific species.

If you know,

please don’t tell me;

let my imagination

run free

like a Dr. Seuss


where the bizarre springs

from common things

and nonsense words

are conceived

in fun sing-song

bedtime stories.


Yes, Red Caterpillar Tree

it is to me

with Pillar-Pellers

whispering, whispering

to me,

drawing me near

to hear

their giggling.

Silly things,

say, “Cheese!”


let me capture

your glorious

bizarre beauty!


Let me pet your

soft bristle-ees.


just chilling in

the breeze,

unnoticed by others

breezing by too quickly

to notice the glory

of what imagination

can bring,

can add

to the already

glorious scenery.


Slow down enough

to notice the details

of spring,

to hear the giggling

coming from the


Red Caterpillar Tree.

6 thoughts on “Red Caterpillar Tree

  1. Oh, what a delightful poem you’ve written about your Caterpillar tree, Of course Ivor being an Aussie, I know your Red tree well, I’m not really going to spoil your fun as it’s actual name is quite fun too.
    Bottlebrush is a small but spectacular evergreen tree or shrub. Of the family Myrtaceae it is well known as Callistemon or Bottlebrush Tree. It is easy to grow and loves warmth, moisture and sun. Bottlebrush is native to Australia mostly growing in moist soil in open or woodland sites.

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