Uncle Tree’s Temptress

Illustrated by Aaron Pocock



She came to me one morning
without a leaf to bear.
I needed no fair warning
from the lass with twiggy hair.

She tickled my fancy twice,
and then brushed against me thrice.
The warm-up was very nice, but
her next move came with a price.

I paid for it dearly, and tipped her properly.
Then I asked,
β€œSee you again next Friday?”



36 thoughts on “Uncle Tree’s Temptress

  1. Hey Uncle, you have an illustrator, looks great. You’ll be publishing soon. Once you get an illustrator you are well on your way. The artist really completes your amazing talent with words and with people. Yo, very cool Uncle.

  2. It’s more like…he has me, Derek.
    Aaron is on his way, and I’ve been tagging along.

    It’s been fun and very cool, yes.
    Yo! Good to see you again! πŸ™‚ UT

  3. Happy First Day of Spring, Uncle Tree!

    A long time comin’ but it’s very, very welcome!


    Lady Nyo

  4. Once again an amazing piece of work… I have to agree with Derek> you are on your way…. I love your tribute to the first day of spring…. Its always a pleasure to read your work… 8)

  5. Hi, Rhee! He-he… πŸ™‚
    Meet my nimble secretreeary!
    She be a deity of a nymphal persuasion.
    (I can’t think of a single word that rhymes with
    dryad…or nymph for that matter. Magical beings they be.)

  6. love both the picture and the poem. the last line is my favorite.
    keep on keeping on, uncle tree.

    and thanks for the warm wishes about my academic future! well noted.

  7. That’s good to know, dear sparrow.
    When first I saw this drawing over at Aaron’s place,
    I thought ‘girlfriend’, or ‘secretary’. He thought ‘bouncer’.
    When I set down to play with her…my word, look what happened!

    A poem with a punch line. Glad you liked it! πŸ™‚ Keep on truckin’, li’l birdie!

  8. Yo Uncle
    You have always provided a magical place and a warm branch to tie off my stardust rowboat when I’m not drifting the vast ocean currents.

    Thank you.

    And now there’s these beautiful images to match your words. What a journey from blue boxes with black letters to fields of green and fairy nymphs. I have to say this one’s quite sexy.

    Oh that Diablo sparked something in you……..

  9. Yo! to you, too, Derek!
    I’ve always enjoyed the times you took to hook
    your amphibious whatchamacallit to my branches,
    and come inside for a spell, and tell me all about it! πŸ™‚

    I may have had your link before, but…anywayz, if you’re
    showing off your stuff somewhere, please leave me a hint.

    I’ve been advised to change my lime-green background.
    I tried a few new suits on this last weekend, but…well,
    couldn’t find a header that would fit the pic of UT’s house.

    Tree sex. What in the world was I thinking? πŸ˜‰
    Glad you liked it though! Too bad we lost Diablo.

  10. What a nice post dear uncle, it is lovely (dough not of the naive kind). Very interesting text, you are so creative, I think you have to recognize you have a gift regarding that, which I think can be capitalized in many ways, such as publishing an amazing book, I imagine the end result with a style related to “The Tao of pooh” or “Alice in wonderland”, (check for example the images and text from tao here http://www.500sound.com/Uploads//tiggertree.gif, http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_CP7HsGvC1OI/SXC3nLhWpUI/AAAAAAAAAM8/BAzEj5Q8NHY/s1600-h/pooh+and+piglet.png) but instead of being a kind of novel, it could be filled with short stories and poems that not follow a single narrative like the ones I mentioned do. Your friends amazing drawings, specially this one, also remind me of some of the tim burton images such as the following one: http://calitreview.com/images/tim_burton_edward_scissorhands.jpg. You can check his exhibition at moma that has very interesting stuff, about his work I particulary liked a book called “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy” you can check it online.
    hope i did not overwhelm you dear uncle with all this information and mostly that you enjoy the things about what I wrote.
    And to wrap it up, you can check a really easy and cheap way to publish books at a place that is lulu.com, it is great, give it a try, A friend of mine published one and it went really well.

  11. Thank you, Mariana!

    Your words are quite encouraging, and your advice is taken to heart.
    I understand what you are saying about the type of book you’d like
    to see from me. I’ve only a handful of works related to that kind of
    idea. It’s been fun working with Aaron, and I’d like to do another one.
    Maybe more, but…he has his own agenda, which might include the
    pics I’ve used. In other words, they’re borrowed, and someday I may
    have to give them back, which I will happily do for his future’s sake.

    I have a couple of old ones which could be illustrated, and maybe
    someone else will come along who’d like to collaborate with me.
    Who knows? Either way, it’s not a really big deal. No pretensions here.

    I thought the Scissorhands drawing was wickedly neat. I see what you
    mean. That would be adult stuff. Pooh is children’s stuff. I like that, too.
    There’s a lot of room in between those two categories, but to do a
    book, I’d have to narrow it down to one or the other specifically. Yes?

    I enjoy what you write to me, and thanks for letting me know about
    this and that. I have years to accomplish that kind of feat, at least,
    I hope so. I can retire in 2023, if I wish. There is no hurry, my friend. πŸ™‚

    Forest nymphs are not for the naive…or are they? I believe.
    Have a great day, sweet niece! Luvz, UT

  12. Sending echoes of all said above. How exciting ! Your readers want more and more UT. We know great prose and talent when we see it ! Best of Luck in all that unfolds for you… πŸ™‚

  13. Thank you, dear friend!

    Hold on to your horses,
    whilst I go chase more down.

    You know better than I do.
    I’ve requested more origami.
    I wish you great luck, too.

    πŸ™‚ UT

  14. First time here and I’m loving it, I followed a link from my friend’s blog, Rhee’s blog……. This picture is weird but wonderful

  15. :U This is great!
    I like your stuff.(:
    It’s well written, and the artist is just woww.

  16. Oh, that could be tricky having a girlfriend so “sticky”!

    ‘girlfriend’? Oh, I don’t know…maybe a…uh,
    more like a seductive and comely female Hooter Tree.

  17. Uncle Tree could not resist the temptress nymph. πŸ˜‰
    Glad you liked this fun one, Alisha! Thank you!
    Have a great Monday! Peace, UT

  18. Hi there, Alisha! πŸ™‚ WordPress has been putting friends comments in the spam que lately. Lots of people noticing that. I could have sworn I wished you a happy birthday Tuesday. You might want to keep an eye on Akismet. Luvz and hugz, Keith

  19. Thank you much, my dearest of the forest!
    Come around anytime, cuz ol Uncle Tree’s lap
    is a great place to sit and hear stories from afar.

    “Once upon a Willow, there was a time…”
    Ha! Woody – he’s so funny. Get a load of him. πŸ˜‰
    Friday night sap, he be ready! Knotty UT

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