My Tree Of She


i am a grove
a copse
a rich, fruitful orchard.

my tree of she
bears the fruit
of music
and cloth
and sparkle
and words.


my tree of she
bears blooms
of food
and flowers
and a strength
so soft,
it’s often mistaken
for weakness.

my tree of she
bears leaves
of dance
and duty
and generosity.
leaves of
and nourishing
and protecting.


my tree of she
is rich
in the red roots,
of blood
and hearts
and spirit,
and tears,
in the determination
and tenacity
and quiet boldness
of the women
who precede me.
their fierce independence,
their unbounded love,
their unending creativity,
unlocking the wonder
and the aching beauty
that is
my tree of she.


Today’s post is inspired
by the lovely Lindsey Mead
who sweeps me away regularly
with that special brand of wisdom
she shares over at a place called
A Design So Vast . . .


  1. Lindsey

    This is so beautiful – I love the embroidery, the names, and your always-gorgeous words.  xoxoxo

    • whollyjeanne

      Thanks, Sugar – for your comment and for the inspiration.

  2. Julie Daley

    So beautiful, Jeanne…as always.

  3. Julie Daley

    So beautiful, Jeanne…as always.

  4. Laura

    I love this post…wonderful writing and stitchery…just beautiful!

    • whollyjeanne

      Thank you, Laura. It’s a project I started maybe 2 years ago, then yesterday, when I read Lindsey’s post, before I had time to talk myself out of it, I went right over and fetched it out of the cabinet and finished it. Felt good. Was fun!

  5. emma

    Oh my lord, I can only gasp in joy, awe and pride in being witness to this continual journey you are on. I, too, was moved by Lindsey’s post, but have yet to act. Your creation is utterly magnificent! Thank you for sharing it! xo

    • whollyjeanne

      oh sugar. thank you. when i read lindsey’s beautiful post (but then, aren’t they all?), i couldn’t not act. so

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