Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

The Lightning Tree

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I’ve been intending to post photos of the lightning tree since Spring, you may have thought it dead. But it was not.

lightning tree-1

Life forced its way back out into the world

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Clever eh?

I’ve been searching for this poem since Spring,  following a bit of a banter with Gerry,  it was something about trees and seasons, I can’t now remember what. It would have helped if I could have remembered who wrote the poem, it was Roger McGough.

It is National poetry Day, so it seems fitting to have finally got my act together.

Trees Cannot Name the Seasons
Trees cannot name the seasons
Nor flowers tell the time.
But when the sun shines
And they are charged with light,
They take a day-long breath.
What we call "night"
Is their soft exhalation.

And when joints creak yet again
And the dead skin of leaves falls,
Trees don’t complain
Nor mourn the passing of hours.
What we call "winter"
Is simply hibernation.

And as continuation
comes to them as no surprise
They feel no need
To divide and itemize.
Nature has never needed reasons
For flowers to tell the time
Or trees put a name to the seasons.

~by Roger McGough
[This poem can be found in McGough's
book Melting into the Foreground, 1986]

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “The Lightning Tree

  1. Lovely! I didn’t know its National Poetry Day; thanks for the heads-up. I must post a suitable poem on my blog now!

  2. The Lightning Tree – a wonderful post, great photos, a very beautiful tree, a little natural wonder – and an amazing sculpture :-)

  3. An amazing thing, a tree. It shows how much something/someone can go through and still survive. Thanks for the posting.

  4. That is a fine poem and goes very well with the lightning tree. Life will find a way. New growth out of old bones.

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  6. Terrific photos and a wonderful poem. I completely forgot that it was National Poetry Day! xx

  7. That’s very good. Animals also don’t tell the time, and don’t complain. Think of all those old dogs in the park who totter about on their wonky old legs. They just keep on keeping on.

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