Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

⌗28 days, February 26th, PRUNE


The Cherry Tree

We prune the cherry tree in November, 
the rose bush in December.Then, I trim the bush 
all year round: discarding sick leaves, 
faded flowers. I cut the dried stalks.

The raspberries need extra care:
I snip and clip.
I clear the weeds so they don't
choke the delicate stems.

The fig tree captures our attention
every October, as does the pear tree.
The nut- and apple trees at Elie du Bois
are disregarded for years.

They keep producing bountiful crops.
One has been battered and bashed
by the autumn and summer storms.
The apples don't have far to drop,

The branches kiss the ground.
The roots are still firmly entrenched.
The trunk is angle-ironed.
When wind and water unleash,

The setting sun robes the clouds
and heavens with a prune hew.


Toulouse April 2014

Pear Tree, Toulouse

Cherry tree, Toulouse

Rose bush, Elie du Bois, Dordogne, May 2014

On the Road, Dordogne

Cherry tree, Elie du Bois, December 2014

The Meadow, Elie du Bois

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