Monday, 17 June 2013

My Old Elm

Above my head

The tall wych elm

Sheds its little packets of seed.

Carefully packaged one-by-one in a gentle transparent sheath.

Down they come

By the thousand

Blown by the wind of June.

Why such ridiculous abundance?

Is it simply a generous

And boastful affluence?

Does it know something that I do not?

Is it a sign of fearfulness for what maybe to come?

Should I too cease numbering my grandchildren

With such pride?

And maybe substitute anxiety in its stead?

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